Telstra turns on 30Mbps cable in Sydney, Melbourne

Telstra turns on 30Mbps cable in Sydney, Melbourne

Summary: Telstra has upgraded its cable speeds in Sydney and Melbourne, offering users a bump to 30Mbps.

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Telstra has upgraded its cable speeds in Sydney and Melbourne, offering users a bump to 30Mbps.

The 30Mbps upgrade will reach 1.8 million homes in the two cities, with cable customers outside Sydney and Melbourne seeing speeds increased to 17Mbps.

BigPond users already on 17Mbps will be able to access the 30Mbps service for free, after turning their modem off and on again, while those with the standard 8Mbps will have to pay AU$10 a month extra should they want the increase.

In addition, upload speeds in the 30Mbps areas will be raised to 1Mbps.

BigPond has no plans to increase cable speeds outside of Melbourne and Sydney, currently, according to a spokesperson: "We're going to monitor it and see how take-up goes in Sydney and Melbourne but we have no immediate plans".

Despite faster downlinks, BigPond users won't find themselves with a corresponding enhancement in their data caps, the spokesperson added, with the largest cap remaining at 60GB.

The speed bump comes after Telstra CEO Sol Trujillo told investors at the company's annual results day both its cable and Next G mobile network were set for faster speeds. Telstra expects its 3G network to outpace its cable counterpart by 2009, with a planned downlink of 40Mbps.

Topics: Broadband, Networking, Telcos, Telstra, NBN

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  • What!!!! No ACCC noise

    I am surprised, Telstra has once again done something no one else has & with their own money and the ACCC hasn't threatened to hold them back or declare the service.

    That's not like them!
    anonymous
  • THATS NICE

    I CAN ONLY DIAL UP AT 38.6 BPS AND THE FUTURE DICTATES IT WILL REMAIN THAT WAY.WI.FI OH DEAR ME 3G DONT WORK IN RURAL AREAS EVEN IF U ARE IN THE ALLOCATED AREAS THAY ARE A MYSTERY TOO ME!!!!. MsCONEHEAD DRIBBLES CRAP AS FAR AS I CONCERNED.WE SHOULD BUY BACK TELSTRA AND GET THE SHOW BACK ON THE ROAD AND FOR STARTERS SACK THAT OVERPAID MEXICAN BANDIT.
    anonymous
  • 30Mbps=how many browsing minutes?

    Fast is good but the data cap means you could technically only use the broadband less than 15 minutes at that speed before having to pay extra at $0.15/MB.
    anonymous
  • That's great...

    ...If you live in an area that is serviced by it. How about switching on ADSL2+ for the rest of Australia Telstra?
    anonymous
  • 30MPS is a third world rate...100MPS in Japan

    Standard at home transfer rate in Japan is 54MPS and that's the wireless rate. In the office it's 100MPS. This service has been available for over 6 years so I don't know how Telstra can seriously think this is a real upgrade to world standard.
    anonymous
  • why telstra, why?

    why does telstra insist in such low data capping, i moved from them because there limits were simply appauling compared to other providers.
    anonymous
  • download limits

    Are we still the only country in the world to have download limits? I had broadband in the USA in 1998 and it was completely unlimited. I think the download limit is a complete scam and the only reason we put up with it is that we don't know any better. Who will be the first internet provider to do away with this?
    anonymous
  • No Australia is not the only country...

    In the UK http://www.productsandservices.bt.com/consumerProducts/displayTopic.do?topicId=15760

    but of course BT do still offer unlimited packages as well

    http://www.productsandservices.bt.com/consumerProducts/displayTopic.do?topicId=15764
    anonymous
  • Go and get a map

    when did they reame the USA to Mexico? He is not mexican!!! Shall I call you a pommy bast@rd because your great great grand parents came from england?

    AND STOP YELLING
    anonymous
  • You are not an engineer are you?

    My home wireless is double that at 108Mbps but actual throughput depends on many factors.

    I can get a 1Gbps connection in my office if I wanted to, does that make Japan 3rd world?

    A handful of high population density countries does not count as the rest of the world. If we had the same population density of Japan, Korea or Singapore we would have a population of almost 1.5 Billion. And that doesn't take into account the 7,000,000 sq km of desert.

    At that level anyone could afford to run fibre to every home.
    anonymous
  • Country rates

    Average internet speeds Megabits per sec
    1. Japan 61.0 MPS
    2. Korea 45.5MPS
    3. Netherlands 21.7MPS
    4. Sweden 18.2 MPS
    5. France 17.1 MPS
    anonymous
  • Singapore has unlimited plans + unlimited mobile data too

    Telstra should learn from Starhub and the other Singapore telcos.

    I can get 100Mbps on cable for around S$100 per month, uncapped data usage. For my PDA, I can also download unlimited amounts using HSPDA speeds for S$34 per month.

    The severely overpriced Australian offerings need to be fixed.
    anonymous
  • Country density

    Lets get things in perspective. Some of the countries you listed are smaller then Tasmania

    1. Japan n 340. 05 people per sq KM
    2. Korea 499.49
    3. Netherlands 489.05
    4. Sweden 21.98
    5. France 116.77
    6. Australia 2.68

    source CIA World Factbook

    Once again someone wanting to compare apples and oranges.

    So where do you work? Droptus, AAPT, iiNet, ACCC, or another one of those cr@p companies?
    anonymous
  • Telstra still playing games

    Before Tel$tra started their continuous anti competitivie shit fights with the Government mRegional exchanges which were listed for upgrade to ADSL(http://www.telstrawholesale.com.au/products/access_broadband_reports.htm) have for the last 4-5 months reverted back to under review. Where as before they had dates. I and many others supect that there kiited out and ready for the flcik of a switch but are being held back as blackmail by by Tel$tras megalomaniacal management.
    anonymous
  • charges for uploads a joke still

    While Tel$tra still sees fit to charge for uploads they still wont compete againt the larger players who dont charge for uploads and also have higher caps.

    Ironically, the people who will use the 30Mps increase are the ones who shunned them in the first place.
    anonymous
  • Where did you get your facts?

    I just read the ZDNET article about broadband speeds in OZ being 5.5Mbps (http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/communications/soa/Test-your-broadband-Oz-now-on-5-5Mbps-average/0,130061791,339282051,00.htm).

    Where did you get the above figures? 18th in the world with the top only being "over 15Mbps".

    How does this, as stated by many, make Australia third world?

    Considering all of the factors this is a very good result and using other measures such as population, global distances, market forces and regulation/deregulation I am sure we would rank higher.

    I have to give credit to those who stick to their guns and pay attention to facts that survive repeated scrutiny and not simply who is better at political spin.
    anonymous
  • Held for ransom?

    Why would any company upgrade infrastructure and then not use it? Simple - Because the overall financial impact by using it would not be in the shareholder's interest. Unless there is a reasonable short and / or long term return I wouldn't invest in something so why should Telstra.

    If it was a truly free and open environment Telstra would charge what they wanted and if the other companies were not happy they could build their own infrastructure. This is not impossible, many companies have installed ADSL2+ in exchanges BUT…. have focused on high population areas where there is ample staff and low per service costs.

    All it would take for Telstra to switch these on is for the ACCC to promise they will not place unreasonable conditions on the services. What you may consider reasonable as a consumer is not necessarily what a corporation would consider reasonable. Telstra will make their decision based on investment & return and not on the opinion of a very very VERY LOUD minority.
    anonymous
  • It's a joke alright

    $40/month for a 200MB cap
    or $130 for 60GB & only in Syd/Melbourne.
    Sol must be laughing all the way to the bank!
    G.
    anonymous
  • Slowband

    This Telstra 30MPS service is only available in Sydney and Melbourne right?. The question is not about providing internet to the whole country. If Telstra and the Australian government can't even provide 'best available technologies' for two relatively small populated cities plus having budget surplus' in the billions of dollars. This 30MPS service their touting is a joke.

    To the question of Japan, which is more difficult? Providing 54+ MPS to 20 million Tokyo-ites in crammed, meandering century old streets during a recession? Or, getting 54+MPS to the wide streets of Sydney and Melbourne? They obviously have already laid new cables or introduced some new method to provide this service so why is it still 30MPS? Why isn't it best available technology? They have either done it on the cheap or...???

    And BTW your numbers should read like this:

    Japan 340.05 people per square meter
    Melbourne 479.6 people per square meter
    Sydney 345.7 people per square meter
    Korea 499.49 people per square meter
    Tokyo 5769 people per square meter

    And,.. you obviously work for Telstra....
    anonymous
  • If you don't like it don't buy it

    "larger players" that would mean Telstra no longer has a monopoly and the ACCC can now stop bugging them right?

    You also conveniently forget to mention they also offer un-metered usage, I use about 20GB every month and over half is completely free as it is 'un-metered content'. How many others offer this 24/7? Some companies offer "free" or "bonus" allowances but only during vampire hours.

    And as a shareholder I am also laughing all the way to the bank.
    anonymous