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.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has finalised wholesale fixed-line access pricing for the next three years, setting a $16.21 monthly fee for telcos to access Telstra's copper network infrastructure in most areas for 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.
Australia's telcos have not stopped rolling out broadband infrastructure such as ADSL Multiplexer (DSLAM) hardware in exchanges, despite the Federal Government's $43 billion National Broadband Network plans.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There is a silver lining to the broadband fiasco, but to realise it telcos, regulators and service providers must work together
Not as far as people's houses if the current state of the market is anything to go by
ADSL's less well known cousins SDSL and leased lines will drive the market, and Telco Redstone plans to be at the forefront
AOL and ntl are keen to play down the significance of any merger talks, but analysts say a deal would give AOL a key broadband delivery vehicle
BT says it has got the waiting list for the high speed, always-on Internet service down to just 1,000 customers
BT favours business customers - at least for the time being
The process conceived as a way of introducing much-needed competition to BT now has few friends
ADSL's big brother could be the saviour for rural communities crying out for broadband
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