PlusNet have increased the included usage available on their Broadband Your Way packages. Option 4, the higher end product including 40GB of usage for £29.99 per month has also been dropped from new supply in the portfolio. One of the reasons for the increase in usage is due to the rise in amount of bandwidth used for streaming, particularly the BBC iPlayer which PlusNet state accounts for 10% of its overall traffic.
"We've seen a big increase in streaming since use of iPlayer and other video sites has grown, which is contributing to increasing average broadband usage.
This isn't a problem as ISPs can handle the growth in traffic. Where the issue lies is in customers being on the wrong package and finding their accounts restricted as they fall foul of hidden 'fair usage' policies, or getting surprise bills for additional usage."Neil Armstrong (Products Director), PlusNet
The changes to the broadband your way packages are as follows:
|Package||Previous Included Usage||New Included Usage||Cost per month|
|Option 1||1GB||1GB (no change)||£9.99|
|Option 4||40GB||(withdrawn from new supply)||£29.99|
PlusNet have also launched a broadband usage calculator to try and help users measure their usage and ensure they are on the best package that suits their needs. You don't have to be a PlusNet customer to use it, but it will go on to suggest the most appropriate PlusNet package that fits your needs.