The hassle of going weeks without fixed-line internet while switching between providers could be over after iiNet announced a new rapid-transfer system that will only mean hours of downtime for ADSL2+ or Naked DSL customers transferring from rival telcos, rather than up to two weeks.
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iiNet expects to be able to offer long-term evolution (LTE) or "4G" services wholesale through Optus when Optus launches its new network in April.
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.
Internode has switched on ADSL2+ equipment in seven Tasmanian exchanges today, which will allow it to transfer around 3000 customers to faster broadband over the next two months.
Telco BETs on taking ADSL to new lengths
Despite the rush by other providers to start selling so-called naked DSL, where broadband is sold without a phone line, the nation's third largest telco AAPT today said it would continue to hold back on the grounds that the product has been priced too low.
Telstra's plans to switch on ADSL2+ across 900 exchanges throughout the country may have a substantial destabilising effect on the communications market, and alter the national carriers relationship with government and regulators, according to a report.
People Telecom has signed a new AU$200 million supply agreement with Telstra for its national fixed wired and broadband services.
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.
Amcom Telecommunications today confirmed discussions over its future with a third party but did not verify reports Telecom New Zealand was the suitor. "From time to time, Amcom has informal discussions with other industry players regarding the consolidation of the telecommunications industry," the company told the Australian Stock Exchange this afternoon.
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.
High-speed ADSL2 services are transient and will be ground under the wireless broadband heel, reckon two industry veterans who have put their money where their mouths are. But ADSL2 vendor iiNet has a different perspective.