Telstra has a "substantial" footprint of next-generation ADSL2+ technology in its telephone exchanges, but remains unwilling to offer the upgraded broadband service to customers, the telco said yesterday. With Telstra's fibre to the node plans practically cancelled for now, attention has turned to the ADSL2+ technology the company has been deploying since January 2005.
Telstra has a "substantial" footprint of
next-generation ADSL2+ technology in its telephone exchanges, but
remains unwilling to offer the upgraded broadband service to customers, the telco said
With Telstra's fibre to the node plans practically cancelled
for now, attention has turned to the ADSL2+ technology the
company has been deploying since January 2005. ADSL2+ allows speeds of up to 24Mbps and along with uncapped ADSL1 (up to 8Mbps) is being sold by an increasing number of
Telstra's rivals. Telstra limits the ADSL broadband it sells to its own wholesale and retail customers to 1.5Mbps.
"Let me put it this way. We have the capacity. We have DSL2+
in place," Telstra's chief operations officer Greg Winn told
journalists in Melbourne yesterday in response to a question from
"We don't have it turned on, for all the obvious reasons, and
I'm not going to go there," he continued. "But from a network technology standpoint, if any of our competitors can do it, do you think we can't?"
Back in March 2005, Telstra's then managing director, data and
online, Andrew Johnson said nearly all of Telstra's ADSL-enabled
exchanges would have ADSL2+ capabilities by mid-2006.
Johnson said the then AU$210 million upgrade had been under
way since January 2005. "By mid 2005, 200 exchanges covering about 500,000 premises
will have ADSL2+ capability at a cost of AU$60 million," Johnson
"We have budgeted a further AU$150 million in financial year
05/06 for the purchase and installation of ADSL2+ technology and
coverage will rapidly increase so that by mid-2006 nearly all
ADSL-enabled exchanges will have ADSL2+ capability."
At the time Johnson said ADSL2+ technology would also be
available to Telstra wholesale customers.
However, since that time Telstra has undergone a complete
management reshuffle that has seen the company's direction change
dramatically under the leadership of chief executive officer Sol
Winn declined to reveal the exact extent of Telstra's ADSL2+
capability. "But we have a substantial footprint," he said.
The Telstra executive said his company would respond in the
marketplace to rivals' offerings.
"We're not afraid of anybody. We will compete in the
marketplace. We're going to compete on broadband and we're going
to compete on mobiles. We're a formidable competitor, mark my
words on that one," he said.
Winn's comments came at the unveiling of the telco's new AU$50
million Integration Laboratory in the Victorian capital.
The facility will test much of the new technology forming the
heart of the telco's next-generation network announced last
November. For example, the DSL Access Multiplexers (DSLAMs) needed to deliver ADSL services were on display.
Vendors Alcatel, Cisco, Juniper, Tellabs and Ericsson have all
allocated staff and equipment to the laboratory to assist with
the integration process.
Renai LeMay travelled to Melbourne as a guest of Telstra.