Residents in Kaniva, Marnoo and other areas that receive their national broadband network connection via Sky Muster satellite will have their data download limits increased.
NBN co announced the measure on Wednesday, saying it was "anticipating increased demand on the nbn network as more people need to spend more time at home during the COVID-19 response".
"(For) customers on Sky Muster Plus services, nbn will implement an increased range of applications that will not count towards monthly data quotas," it said in a statement.
It said these activities would include video chat services Skype and FaceTime.
"Effective from March 31 for... up to three months, nbn will increase the download data limits that apply to RSPs for the standard Sky Muster service, providing an additional 45GB* for each standard service at no additional cost to those RSPs," it said.
In addition to this expansion of unmetered activities, nbn is also introducing a number of other enhancementsto Sky Muster Plus plans, including:
- a new 25GB+ entry plan offering 25GB of peak data and 25GB of off-peak data for video streaming and VPN traffic, which will improve accessibility for lighter users (available from 1 April);
- functionality to give RSPs greater flexibility to customise the data allowances on their retail plans in increments of 5GB (starting from 25GB of peak data and 25GB of off-peak data, up to 150GB of peak and 150GB of off-peak data) (available from 1 April); and
- a new 'top-up' feature, which will provide RSPs with the option of offering of 'top up' data, should their customers use their monthly metered data allowance (available in coming months).
Better Internet for Rural, Regional and Remote Australia founder Kristy Sparrow urged retailers to pass the data allowance on in full to their customers.