TPG Telecom which was formerly known as SP Telemedia, is a leading broadband internet provider in Australia. It was first listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in 2001. In 2008 TPG and Soul merged to form a group that turned over $500 million in annual earnings and in 2010 the group acquired Pipe Networks. This placed TPG at the forefront of fibre optic development in Australia giving it access to the Australian fibre optic network as well as the undersea link between Sydney and Guam stretching from there to the USA and Japan.Today TPG has more than 350 exchange areas in Australia delivering voice, data and internet connection through its fixed line, wireless and fibre services, making it one of Australia's largest communication networks. TPG's own network's infrastructure investment has sustained steady growth spreading out from its broadcast television base. This has resulted in it becoming one of the country's biggest broadband internet providers offering a highly competitive array of ADSL and ADSL2+ broadband plans
as well as delivering reliable email services, domain name and website hosting to a large number of businesses and individual consumers. Its wide international and domestic experience has enabled it to provide cheap high quality broadband internet services.
TPG ADSL Plans
TPG Business ADSL Plans
Connecting to TPG Broadband Internet
Before purchasing TPG services you will first have to be sure of your local connectivity. This can be arranged with TPG as you go about the signing up process if you prefer. You will also have to purchase a modem. You can either have this installed professionally or do it yourself. You will be supplied with one in-line filter but you will need another in-line filter for each phone that is active in your own home network.If you are not using a wired router or wireless modem with cabling attached to your computer you will have to have your computer situated close to a phone socket. In a case where you want to use two or more computers in the same building the amount of data you use will be shared among all the computers that are linked to the local network. Data usage is not able to be isolated to any individual computer in these situations. To set up a wireless network for such purposes you will need to acquire a wireless modem/router to enable you to create the wireless network or alternatively a wired four port modem/router. You can supply your own modem if you wish but it will have to be a TPG approved modem.
TPG offers a wide range of residential broadband plans. With so much choice, you're sure to find a plan to suit your needs.
Standalone ADSL2+ Plans
There are a number of Standalone TPG Residential broadband plans. These range from those that are low in cost to those which offer high download speeds to those offering a large download quote. The standalone TPG residential broadband
Top TPG Standalone Residential ADSL2+ Broadband Plans
ADSL2+ Plans with VoIP
There are a number of TPG broadband plans
with VoIP. These plans allow customers to enjoy 500 Free Minutes of VoIP calls each month.
Top TPG VOIP Plans
Contract Term and Minimum Total Cost
The minimum total cost for ADSL2+ plans over the contract term are calculated as:(ADSL2+ contract tem) x $(ADSL2+ monthly access fee) + setup (where applicable) + modem & delivery fee (if required) + VoIP Deposit of $20 (applicable to ADSL VoIP plans only)Early termination fees will apply.
The TPG ADSL2+ plans offer the following features:
- Free spam filter
- Free virus protection
- Free email accounts
- Free web space
- Backup dialup connection with every broadband plan
The monthly access charge is billed in advance each month. Payment can be made via credit card or direct debit.The 256/8GB, Ultimate Unlimited 256 and Ultimate 512/25GB assigns dynamic IP addresses to the subscribers of those plans. All other plans come with a static IP address.Peak times are from 9am to 4am; off-peak times are from 4am to 9am, with the times being calculated as the customer's local time.If the monthly download quota is exceeded, speeds will be shaped to 64k/64k, for the period in which quotas were exceeded. That is, if quotas were exceeded for peak usage, then speeds will be shaped during peak times; if quotas were exceeded for off-peak usage then speeds will be shaped during off-peak times.
TV Can be Accessed with Many TPG Plans
TPG ADSL2+ users are able to access IPTV channels, Al Jazeera and Russia Today. There are also 20 email and mailbox addresses supplied at no cost. A dial-up back up can also be included and this will cost $1.10 an hour when being used. TPG broadband internet plans are wide ranging. All kinds of users from the casual to the busy online home business operator are catered for. Some examples are included in the following plans:
- The low cost $9.90 a month 20GB ADSL2+ . This particular plan is based on a home phone cost of $30 a month and a $9.99 broadband charge. Totalling $39.99. The 20GB is divided with 10GB peak and 10 GB off peak.
- Naked ADSL2+ Unlimited. A top plan that gives the user unlimited data coverage for $69.99 a month. The contract can be taken out for six months or 18 months. This plan does not include a home phone bundle. In fact there is no land line phone service needed to have it installed. But the speed is as fast as any presently available and your data downloads are unlimited.
- A popular TPG broadband internet plan is the ADSL2+ Unlimited Broadband with home phone line rental included. This bundled plan costs $29.99 a month for the broadband component and $30 a month home line rental giving a total monthly cost of $59.99. Data downloads are unlimited and, of course, the speed from the ADSL2+ connection is a great delivery.
ADSL2+ Twice the Speed of ADSL
Where in the past broadband internet was mainly supplied with ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line), a type of technology that allowed for faster transmission of data over copper telephone lines, we have now moved on to ADSL2+
. This latest technological improvement can double the frequency of an ADSL connection meaning it doubles the downstream data rate of 12Mbits/s to 24 Mbits/s. Both lose speed over distance. Therefore the greatest advantage in upgrading to ADSL2+ is its speed. It is presently one of the fastest means we have of connecting to the internet. The price of ADSL2+ has remained quite static and offers from companies like TPG have helped keep competition in the market at a maximum. You can choose to purchase Naked ADSL2+ and lower your costs even further. In this way you can get a cheaper connection and you don't need a home phone. A Naked ADSL2+ connection will still require a connection from your home to the telephone exchange, but if you no longer use the connection as a telephone line it can be dedicated to your broadband internet and effectively become an ULL line that connects to TPG's DSLAM. This arrangement will allow you to obtain high speed broadband internet without any telephone component.
TPG ADSL2 Business Broadband Plans
TPG Naked ADSL2 Plans
It is important that you work out how much data usage you will be needing and base the broadband internet plan you purchase on that factor. It is a waste of your money to pay for data that you will never use.
TPG ADSL Computer System Requirements
If you are using a PC, the minimum specifications in terms of TPG system requirements are:
- Processor: Intel Pentium 166 MHz
- RAM: 64MB for Win 98 / NT
- Hard Disk Space: 1GB is required for a new system; alternatively 100MB is required for just the modem software
- Video Memory: 4MB
- Graphics: AGP
- Diskette Drive: 3.6" 1.44MB
- Operating System: Windows 98 2nd Ed/ Windows NT 4.0/Windows 2000/Windows XP
- Standard requirements: A standard mouse and keyboard are required. A standard serial port is also required. A USB Port is required for using a USB modem. A standard Parallel Port is required. An Ethernet card will be required if you would like to use an external modem.
- Optional devices: There are also some optional system capabilities you might want to consider. Expandable 3 slots / 4 bays (1 slots open / 1 bay open), sound cards and speakers are all optional.
It is important to note that TPG SOUL provides support for only the following systems: Win 98 Second Edition, 2000, ME and XP only. The minimum TPG system requirements for an Apple Macintosh are:
- Power PC, Power Book, iMac or iBook (G3 or G4 strongly recommended)
- Operating System OS 8.1 or later
- Open Transport TCP/IP version 1.1.2 or later
- 12MB RAM (recommended)
- a CD-ROM drive
- Colour display (minimum 800 x 600 resolution x 256 colours)
- Free space on Hard Disk Drive - 16 MB
- a spare Ethernet interface
- sound card and speakers recommended
- Internet browser capable of supporting FTP (File Transport Protocol) such as Netscape Navigator 3 and above or Microsoft IE3
Also, please note that the systems mentioned are minimum requirements. You can of course have a system that is much more advanced than the components mentioned.