Sept launch for TransACT's 100Mbps

Sept launch for TransACT's 100Mbps

Summary: Come September, some customers of Australian Capital Territory internet service provider TransACT will be able to select a 100Mbps download and 20Mbps upload broadband service.


Come September, some customers of Australian Capital Territory internet service provider TransACT will be able to select a 100Mbps download and 20Mbps upload broadband service.

The data charges alone, excluding charges that any of the 11 ISPs that can deliver services across its network, will be $89.95 per month, TransACT chief executive officer Ivan Slavich told yesterday.

TransACT in 2007 selected Alcatel-Lucent as its Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) equipment provider, and has initially targeted its FTTH deployment to new development or "greenfield" estates only. "We have also commenced the deployment of FTTP to brownfield suburbs in the ACT, starting with a 1000-home retrofit, also using Alcatel and Corning fibre," explained Slavich.

TransACT ultimately intends to extend its FTTH network to around 10,000 homes and another 6500 apartment blocks.

TransACT had also completed the upgrade of its VDSL network to VDSL2 to a "significant number" of apartment buildings, Slavich said. The operator uses the network to deliver digital TV, internet and wide area network applications.

The telco industry is currently looking at high bandwidth services such as digital TV that would attract customers to utilise 100Mbps speeds available on an FTTH National Broadband Network, and ultimately make the wholesale-only network a profitable company.

Ericsson Australia vice president Tony Malligeorgos told that the dominant draw card globally has been television.

"It's been TV that's been the dominant value proposition. The triple play bundle has been the key to this," he said. Slavich said that "more than half" of TransACT's FTTH customers choose TV as part of the service, with the remainder sticking to just data and voice.

"TransACT has almost a decade of experience in running triple play, TV, data/voice on its VDSL, now VDSL2, and FTTH networks. TransACT has experienced significant growth in TV traffic, mostly in IPTV [and] video-on-demand services," he said.

Topics: Broadband, Government AU

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  • Still waiting for ADSL2 ...

    Hmmm ... and I'm still waiting for my exchange to be upgraded so that I can get ADSL2
  • Still waiting for ADSL2 ...

    Telstra exchange you mean ???
  • And the rollout schedule?

    It took ages for TransACT to publish a short list of apartments enabled for VDSL2 - big deal.

    Their sales/technical staff have been left in the dark about the VDSL2 rollout schedule.

    Common TransACT get your act together! Where's the list.
  • Given up all hope

    Is there an exchange that is NOT owned by Telstra? Am stuck in the boonies (Dunlop) and was promised ADSL2+ when Internode installed their DSLAM in Melba exchange in 2007, but cannot get it because of the ubiquitous RIM.

    At least I got in early and have ADSL1; some of my neighbours cannot get anything better than dialup. TransACT's solution? Go satellite!

    I pity all the people moving into the new houses nearby; they'll be lucky to get a phone line.

    Come on TransACT, get your act together. I would LOVE to be able to access your full package, but you have to put in a bit of spadework first to make it available!
  • Why not build a new dam instead?

    Like most other Canberrans, I am getting tired of actewAGL losing tens of millions of dollars in non-core ventures such as TransACT and the stalled Hume data centre, not to mention the millions it spends on professional sporting teams and self promotion when there are no other competitors for the water they can't supply anyhow but charge outrageous prices for.
    How many more millions is a faster broadband for a few people going to cost us all?
    Like, fair suck of the sauce bottle..........