“Real prices” (including non-price improvements such as bigger usage allowances) of Australian telecommunications services continued to decline in 2018, reports the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
“An average consumer renewing their fixed broadband plan would have paid 1.5 percent less in real terms and 8.3 percent less when renewing their mobile phone plan compared to 2017.
“These declines take into account improvements in non-price characteristics, such as data allowances and other inclusions,” the ACCC says.
Mobile broadband costs declined 7.5 percent.
“The decline in mobile phone service prices in 2017 to 2018 continues a trend over the past five years with real prices approximately 30 per cent lower in 2017-2018 than they were in 2013–14,” the ACCC says.
a significant increase in the take up of higher speed services with the number of 50 megabits per second (Mbps) services increasing from just 100 000 (four percent of all NBN services) in June 2017 to nearly 1.5 million customers (35 percent) in June 2018,