Telstra switches on ADSL for 200 new communities

Telstra switches on ADSL for 200 new communities

Summary: Telstra will switch on over 200 remote ADSL exchanges after a funding stoush between the government and the telco was resolved.


Telstra will switch on over 200 remote ADSL exchanges after a funding stoush between the government and the telco was resolved.

Communications Minister Helen Coonan announced the switch-on yesterday, saying in a statement: "households and small businesses in more than 200 regional communities across Australia will gain access to ADSL broadband. I welcome Telstra's participation in the Australian Broadband Guarantee."

A number of towns which had previously been unable to access ADSL will be connected for the first time, including over 60 in Victoria and more than 50 in Queensland.

According to Telstra, the exchanges have been enabled for ADSL for some time, but a recent changeover in the government's broadband funding policy -- under which remote users, and therefore ultimately telcos, are subsidised for their broadband connectivity -- delayed the switch-on.

The telco said it had enabled over 1400 exchanges under the government's previous broadband funding schemes, but a recent move to a new subsidy system -- the Australian Broadband Guarantee (ABG) -- initially saw Telstra excluded after the government decided that its broadband offerings were not "metro-comparable".

"The delay in our ADSL upgrade program could have been avoided, and over 200 exchanges turned on up to six months ago, if the funding rules and guidelines had not changed suddenly in a way that added complexity and uncertainty -- or if DCITA had been more flexible in their approach," a Telstra spokesperson said.

Yesterday, Telstra and the government signed the ABG funding deed, which will allow remote users to apply for subsidised services from the telco and give Australians access to services from 14 ISPs under the program.

Topics: Broadband, Government, Government AU, Telcos, Telstra, NBN

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  • Turned On

    What a load off waffle by conehead my exchange has adsl for years but can I get it NO.It stays at the exchange and dribbles for 3ks then stops hahahaha
  • They Ain't "Just Switched On"

    Babies just don't 'pop out' - unless you are in faryland, and the same goes for Broadband - it just isn't "Switched On"!

    Well before ADSL terminal equipment is installed and commisisoned to connect with Copper CAN it is essential to have an Inter Exchange Network (IEN) that is both broadband and able to carry the planned capacity, and building this usually takes years - not minutes.

    From my experience it takes about 4 to 5 years to conceive, plan, ramp-up, purchase, install and commission a national telecommunications program and bring it to the fore. Replacing the Analogue IEN with digital IEN took about 7 years, Mobile Phone Towers (part of the CAN) with its associated IEN infrastructure took about 5 years, Internet took about 5 years, Broadband is taking about 5 years. G3 mobile Phone infrastructure is taking about 5 years. NextGen will take about 5 years - not just 'switched on'!

    Regional Broadband has been worked on for at least 3 years - and the technology of 10 Gb/s SDH rings is now becoming affordable, so it should be no surprise that Broadband for Regional, Rural and Remote areas are now coming on line in the next few years.

    This process exceeds most pollies 'useful lifespans' - so they provide handouts and incentives and other givaways that dispurse instead of focus the funding and that is why we now have a very highly inefficient (competitive) telecommunications infrastructure that is fraught with unnecesary duplication, while we pay for unnecesary advertising and multiple managements!