Snap is the ISP to announce UFB fibre plans for home and small business.
Like Orcon, Snap is offering a modest speed (by fibre standards) of 30Mbit/s down/10Mbit/s up speed on its entry-level plan, which is priced to match Orcon's cheapest fibre deal (and mainstream DSL copper broadband) at $75 a month.
Again like Orcon, the entry-level plan has a miserable data cap. Snap is offering 25GB – a monthly allowance better suited to copper.
A VoIP phone line and zero-rated iSky are included in the price.
Residential customers who order a UFB service on a two-year term before October 31 – and get hooked up by December 31 – will receive a 145GB data pack add-on at no charge for the first 12 months of their contract term.
Commercial manager James Koers said this (temporary) top-up addressed NBR's concern about the low standard data allowance.
A $110 UFB plans boosts speed to 100Mbit/s down and 50Mbit/s up, and the data cap to 50GB.
Mr Koers said the $70 550GB data add-on recently added for DSL customers could also be bought by UFB customers to top-up their monthly data allowance.
Other add-ons included unlimited YouTube for $5 a month, and an “All you can eat night-time (1am-7am)" deal that covered three nights of unlimited data downloads for $5.
Small business versions of each plan cost $119 and $149.
Mr Koers told NBR ONLINE residential connection was free in most circumstances (depending on distance from the road and how far fibre had to be laid inside a house).
Like other retail ISPs, Snap was not sure what Chorus – responsible for most of the UFB roll-out – would do once its free connection promotion expired at the end of this year.
Telecom, Vodafone, TelstraClear and CallPlus/Slingshot have yet to announce their residential UFB plans.
Snap would not comment on residential customer numbers, but Mr Koers said its bigger clients include "Canterbury, Victoria, and Lincoln universities, a number of DHBs, councils and government agencies, as well as national corporates."