SA to fill Adelaide's ADSL blackspots

SA to fill Adelaide's ADSL blackspots

Summary: The South Australian government has gone to market for a telecommunications carrier to fill Adelaide's ADSL black spots until the $4.7 billion national fibre-to-the-node broadband network (NBN) gets underway.

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The South Australian government has gone to market for a telecommunications carrier to fill Adelaide's ADSL black spots until the $4.7 billion national fibre-to-the-node broadband network (NBN) gets underway.

According to tender documents, South Australia has trailed the rest of the states on broadband usage by over 10 per cent, for which the lack of ADSL access has been named a culprit.

Two main problems to ADSL access have been targeted by the government in its purchasing initiative: when low pair gain systems (LPGS) in Telstra's copper network haven't been enabled for the technology or have limited ports, and when residents live too far from their local telephone exchange.

Around 55,000 premises in metropolitan Adelaide have been suffering from LPGS problems, according to the documents.

The state said in the tender documents that it was open to any answer to the problem, including upgrading pair gain systems, providing alternative fixed line networks or setting up terrestrial wireless broadband. However, the state didn't intend to fully fund any networks to fill the black spots. Instead it is believed to be focused on providing some sort of catalyst for investment.

It acknowledged the federal government's plans to build a national broadband network, and said that South Australia would be looking at short to medium term answers because of that factor.

"Due to the expected long lead time before the NBN is fully implemented, the South Australian government will consider solutions that address the short-medium time frames for broadband availability," the document said.

The government considered 2Mbps downlink and 2Mbps uplink, with a 5GB download limit for AU$40 to AU$60 per month, to be a reasonable standard for broadband.

It also encouraged proposals which considered VoIP services, Wi-Fi hotspots, and video-conferencing services.

Topics: Broadband, Government, Government AU, Telcos, NBN, Tech Industry

Suzanne Tindal

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  • Can the Victorian Government do the same?

    This is great for people in SA! Well done on the SA Government wanting to fix the problem. I wish the Victorian Government would do the same to fix the terrible situation of the Western Suburbs of Melbourne, where all the new estates of Point Cook and Tarniet have terrible connection issues for broadband, where only 30% of the residents can get broadband, there is no wireless (a blackspot) and people are still TRYING to use dial up. Come on VICTORIA, step up to the plate and fix the western suburbs of Melbourne once and for all, its not acceptable to have people 20kms from the CBD of the second biggest city of Australia, for people NOT to have any connection to the internet, this is 2008, not 1988! Fix this RIM situtation in Point Cook NOW!
    anonymous
  • POINT COOK Needs HELP!

    Totally agree with you there, POINT COOK is such a disaster for Broadband, I cant believe that such a high profile suburb has such poor internet infrastructure. I have written to the deputy prime minster about the terrible situation in Point Cook, but i have heard nothing from her (its in her electorate after all). Telstra do not reply to any e-mails on the topic, I think the residents of Point Cook have been forgotten, left in waste land of Dial up. Surely this would be a story for a local journalist to pick up and embarrass Telstra with, and the local developer?
    anonymous
  • Great! About time!

    I live in Hallett Cove - one of the biggest suburbs in Adelaide and its ridiculous that I have trouble getting high quality ADSL due to blackspots and my distance from the exchange. Its about time the government looked at bringing us to the 21st century.
    anonymous
  • About bloody time!!

    How ridiculous, cannot even get broadband in Flagstaff Hill, yet people in suburbs further out can. Stuck with Virgin Wireless, which is woeful. Knowing Mike Rann, all talk and no action, this will never happen
    anonymous
  • Idiot

    Virgin wireless is absolutely beautiful, unless you are on a saturated tower.

    I suggest your quit your whinging as I suspect your only other alternative is the hideously overpriced Bigpond wireles service
    anonymous
  • no wireless, no adsl, no choice

    many places dont have any wireless or ADS, what are we meant to do now? Hello? Oh thats right you cant hear me, as I am on dial up!
    anonymous
  • Point cook dont move there !!!!

    If you have a business dont think about moving to Point Cook as you can get no Internet access and Telstra nor Wyndam does not care.

    I would suggest that the residents and business need to put their own infrastructure in and skip the ISP’s.

    The main fibre link runs between Geelong and Melbourne on the train line at Aircraft. We can install our own exchange and request the use of the Telstra pits to install our own copper infrastructure.

    I worked for one of the ISP’s and did a quote for the works required to do this it was nothing in the grand scheme of things. I am more than happy to front this infinitive with some local support.
    anonymous