Telstra's BigPond Internet service provider plans next month to boost its cable broadband network speeds to up to 17Mbps. Present BigPond cable services offer broadband at a maximum speed of around 8Mbps.
Telstra's BigPond Internet service provider plans next month
to boost its cable broadband network speeds to up to 17Mbps.
Present BigPond cable services offer broadband at a maximum speed of around 8Mbps.
"We've been upgrading the cable network's infrastructure, and
we have been trialling software changes to evaluate the network's
ability to provide even higher speeds," said BigPond group
managing director Justin Milne.
BigPond group MD Justin Milne
"During the trial, cable customers experiences download speeds
of up to 17Mbps," he added, noting actual speeds could vary.
The executive said customers would be able to access the
higher speeds for just AU$10 a month more than BigPond's standard
"After the introduction of the Cable Extreme plans, customers
on our 20Gb plan who participated in the trial will continue to
receive the higher download speeds, at no increase in their
monthly access fee," he said.
The move by BigPond comes as smaller cable operator
Neighbourhood Cable, which has infrastructure in rural Victoria,
said in early January that it would likewise boost speeds for
"With Neighbourhood Cable's recent upgrades we have tested
speeds with capabilities of up to 30Mbps download and 2Mbps
upload," said the telco's chief executive Ian Fry at the
In addition a number of Telstra's competitors launched next-generation ADSL2+ services in 2005, which offer speeds of up to 24Mbps. Telstra itself has so far limited its ADSL1 services to 1.5Mbps.
Milne said the new speeds would complement the pending launch
of BigPond's on-demand movie service.
BigPond claims to have more than 250,000 customers using its
cable broadband service. Optus also owns a large cable network
but is not known to have upped its speeds as Neighbourhood Cable
and Telstra have.