Telstra's competitors have scored a win, with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) setting the prices that the telco can charge its retail competitors for wholesale ADSL services.
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Telco BETs on taking ADSL to new lengths
Telstra will switch on over 200 remote ADSL exchanges after a funding stoush between the government and the telco was resolved.
From 25 June, the nation's number two telco Optus will no longer sell fixed-line telephony and broadband services to consumer customers outside the planned range of its own network.The SingTel subsidiary has resold Telstra's fixed-line and ADSL broadband services nationwide for years.
Giant telco Telstra today revealed it would extend its existing rollout of ADSL technology to broadband-starved rural areas, if a bid for government funding was successful. The telco and its rivals are currently competing for hundreds of millions of dollars in funding for rural broadband infrastructure under the federal government's Broadband Connect program.
Telco Soul will be one of the first companies to provide broadband services on the back of Optus' new ADSL network. In a statement to the Australian Stock Exchange, the two telcos today announced they had signed an agreement under which Soul and its subsidiary, mobile carrier B Digital, would get access to Optus's new network as well as other data and transmission services.
Telco iiNet has started rolling out voice hardware known as MSANs into telephone exchanges, allowing it to supply its own fixed-line telephony services directly to customers. Like ADSL multiplexer (DSLAM) equipment, Multi-Service Access Nodes (MSANs) sit in telephone exchanges and provide telecommunications services over Telstra's copper wire network.
A decision by embattled telco AAPT to invest in its own ADSL network would be "high-risk" and could make the business less attractive to suitors in the event of a sale, according to telecommunications research firm Ovum.
Primus Telecom this morning became the latest telco to add a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service to its broadband offerings. Like existing offerings from iiNet and Internode, Primus' service -- dubbed "TalkBroadband" -- does not require the user to own a computer, as it can be used by plugging a normal telephone into an ADSL router.
commentary What a difference a month can make. On 5 December, business-focused telco People Telecom inked a deal with Telstra's wholesale division for the provision of fixed-line voice and broadband ADSL services.
Telstra has temporarily ceased enabling some rural telephone exchanges for ADSL services after late last year reaching the limit of funds it could receive from the federal government's subsidised bush broadband scheme. The telco had been using funds from the AU$157 million Higher Bandwidth Incentive Scheme (HiBIS) to subsidise the ADSL upgrades, which are taking place in areas of peak demand.
update The nation's number two telco will stop selling ADSL plans at 256Kbps -- the lowest speed commonly sold in Australia. "We have eliminated the 256Kbps speed and Optus DSL broadband customers will now receive at least 512Kbps downstream speed," said Optus' consumer group marketing director Michael Smith in a statement.
Wireless broadband provider Unwired has undertaken in a brief court hearing this morning not to repeat representations that Telstra ADSL covers only 75 percent of Sydney.Unwired told the Federal Court in Sydney this morning -- during legal proceedings initiated by Telstra over claims by the wireless player about the telco giant's ADSL coverage in Sydney -- that it "would not repeat the representations that Telstra's ADSL coverage was only 75 percent".
As ZDNet UK predicted last week, Britain's dominant telco has hit another ADSL milestone. But is this good for competition?
The telco is breaking the bad news to areas where it says there just aren't enough residents to justify ADSL rollout
Thousands of ADSL-hungry people can't get a trigger level off BT, let alone broadband - but the telco says it isn't possible to have viable targets for every community
The telco has set out the path to 90 percent ADSL coverage for the UK - good news for 500 local areas, but pretty grim for others
The telco is poised to cut its monthly wholesale ADSL prices on Thursday, but there is concern that the saving will effectively be wiped out by other costs
BT told industry figures on Wednesday that its wholesale ADSL prices are under review, but the telco is dampening hopes of an imminent cut
The telco has revealed plans for 1Mbps consumer broadband, more trigger levels, wider SDSL trials and longer-range 512Kbps ADSL
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