Telstra launches 8Mbps ADSL ... in the UK

Telstra launches 8Mbps ADSL ... in the UK

Summary: As they often do, a press release from Telstra crossed my desk last week. The headline screamed: "Launches nationwide 8Mbps business broadband".

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As they often do, a press release from Telstra crossed my desk last week.

The headline screamed: "Launches nationwide 8Mbps business broadband".

Fantastic, I thought. Just what businesses all around Australia have been waiting for. Telstra has finally uncapped the speed of its ADSL broadband service as several of its competitors did more than a year ago.

But hold on a second! This press release didn't originate in Australia!

"As the business world strives for ever quicker communications, Telstra is delighted to be one of the first providers to launch an enhanced business broadband service across the UK," the press release from Telstra's European office stated.

The UK? But what about Australia?

Then the horrible truth dawned on me.

Yes, Telstra technically has the ability to offer broadband up to 8Mbps on its Australian ADSL network.

In some areas where it has ADSL2+ infrastructure it can even offer up to 24Mbps.

However for its own reasons Telstra is still not doing so. What this means is that despite being bad at cricket and most sports in general, the Brits are winning in one area: getting uncapped ADSL broadband from Telstra!!!

I consulted Telstra spokesperson Rod Bruem on why Telstra is showing favouritism.

Rod pointed out there were differences between government regulations guiding telecommunications services in the UK as compared with Australia.

He said the ongoing discussions between Telstra and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission on the conditions under which Telstra would build a national fibre to the node network were designed to address the speed problem.

Rod's got a point -- Telstra needs to make sure it can get a decent return from any services it sells Down Under.

But as a consumer I still can't help feeling a little bit ripped off and disenchanted with the telco I grew up with.

Let's hope the discussions are productive and Australian businesses end up with a better deal from Telstra. Even, one could hope, a little discount for not being English? One can dream.

Topics: Broadband, Telcos, Telstra, NBN

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  • UK far ahead

    I've recently emigrated from the UK, and was staggered to see how far Australia lags behind in internet provision.

    Australia is the only country I've been to where there are caps placed on the amount of data you can download. Until the infrastructure is modernised, and Telstra given a good kick up the arse, we will be stuck a good two to three years behind the rest of the world.
    anonymous
  • re: UK far ahead

    The caps certainly are a problem ... I constantly find myself coming up against mine when it comes to the end of the month, but I don't want to pay an extra $20 a month for a few more gig.

    Renai
    anonymous
  • 8Mpbs... I wish

    Here in South Africa Telkom cannot even give the subscribers more than 1024Mbps!
    anonymous
  • UK - its free 8M broadband as well

    Just to rub it in --- take a look at www.talktalk.co.uk --- you can now get 8M uncapped broadband free - forever!

    ... and I look forward to seeing Australia's performance at the World Cup!
    anonymous
  • Yeah... and if you think the UK is good check out the Scottish Executive

    As good as ADSL is in the UK, something that should be pointed out is that even us out in the sticks now have great ADSL provision. I live in the NW highlands of Scotland- the isle of skye is just outside my window- and im running on a 6.6Mbps connection... the Scottish Executive sponsored all our exchanges, which now means that we wont' be left behind just because we live in a remote area- something that is of interest in a country as geographically challenged as Australia when it comes to reach of DSL services
    anonymous
  • Get some perspective folks

    I agree that Australia lacks the same level of broadband penetration and price / performance that our brethren in the UK experience, however they do have three times as many people, geographically the country is 31 times smaller than Australia.

    The geographic and demographic diversity within Australia has created an imbalanced number of telecommunication providers when compared to developed nations. Essentially for Telstra this equates to fewer people, paying for more infrastructure with government policies designed to give Telstra
    anonymous
  • Re: South Africa

    Holy cow! I couldn't survive on that :) Not after being on 24Mbps ADSL2+ for a while.

    Renai LeMay
    News Journalist
    ZDNet Australia
    anonymous
  • Re: World Cup

    Andrew mate looks like you guys have certainly got some good deals going over there. Unfortunately though I know for certain that Australia is going to kick butt at the World Cup, so take solace in your free broadband!

    Renai LeMay
    News Journalist
    ZDNet Australia
    anonymous
  • Re: Scotland

    David mate sounds like Australia could take a page out of the Scottish book! The government over here is doing a fair bit to subsidise rural exchanges, however a problem at the moment looks to be the price of backhaul out to the bush.

    I'd be interested to hear how Scotland got over that problem.

    Cheers,

    Renai LeMay
    News Journalist
    ZDNet Australia
    anonymous
  • Re: Get some perspective folks

    hi there,

    you've certainly got a good point. I would have to agree the geography and concentration is a problem. Lots of telcos tell me that it's just not economic to get broadband out to the bush.

    However I guess we'll have some find some way around it if we're to remain the clever country. The government's recent wave of funding for broadband in rural areas should go some way towards helping.

    Cheers,

    Renai LeMay
    News Journalist
    ZDNet Australia
    anonymous
  • Switch to competition like iiNet

    I strongly encourage you to switch to one of the competing ADSL networks. iiNet is one viable alternative, for example. I have been using speeds of around 1.5-2.0 Mbps for quite a while now.

    You will remain Telstra's corporate hostage for as long as you enjoy it. The choice is yours.
    anonymous
  • It is sad :(

    While I understand the points about the bush with tiny population, massive area etc. Lets not forget the real issue here.

    Telstra have restricted ADSL speeds to 1.5mbit. This has NOTHING to do with population,the bush or governments.

    They have the bandwidth to run at ADSL at full 8mbits(infact a lot more) and its not much more than a flick of a switch. But they don't and they won't because they make so much money on their other fast business internet links. They are holding onto that as much as they can. This is what worries me. A company that purposely holds back the country for its own financial gain. I don't care what "good business sense" some people claim this is. I see it as plain rude, unethical and hurting to business development in this country. Thus I stay away from them and go towards the companies making a difference. Sure they are making money aswell, but they are also pushing technology further and offering innovative services.
    anonymous