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Telstra to offer wholesale 3G services

Telstra has seemingly decided that it should make available it’s 3G products and services to smaller Telecommunications providers to resell in order to assist with its ailing wholesale services.

 

Download speeds for wholesale customers on Telstra’s 3G services will range up to a maximum 3Mbps, while those on Telstra’s own Next G mobile network can achieve download speeds of anywhere up to 20Mbps. So there’s the catch. The vast difference in speeds is possibly due to the fact that Telstra need to be careful that they don’t cannibalise their own product.

 

The likes of Optus and Vodafone have also provided similar wholesale services to Telco’s such as Dodo, Virgin, iiNet and Internode for some time now, so this move by Telstra may not only seen as a potential tactic to counteract competition and bolster sales, moreover one that also aligns with Telstra’s transition to offering superior 4G services.

 

Read more at theaustralian.com.au – Telcos to resell Telstra 3G services

Telstra BigPond update Broadband Plans

Telstra BigPond have increased broadband data limits and value for money propositions on their ADSL2+ and Cable broadband plans.

Major changes essentially encompass the inclusion of an additional 500GB data plan, raising the entry level data limit from 2GB to 5GB and lowering the eligibility criteria in order to receive a multiple policy/member benefit discount.

No longer do subscribers need to combine another additional service other than a Telstra Home Phone service in order to receive the associated discount price as displayed below.

Simply speaking, if you would like to subscribe to any of these plans below and receive the price points displayed, all you will need to combine is at least a Telstra Homeline Plus phone service and to sign up on any of the respective plans for 24 months.

  • BigPond Elite 5GB Liberty – 5GB 24 months from $29.95
  • BigPond Elite 50GB Liberty – 50GB 24 months from $49.95
  • BigPond Elite 200GB Liberty – 200GB 24 months from $69.95
  • BigPond Elite 500GB Liberty – 500GB 24 months from $89.95



Find out more about these products by visiting the following link – Telstra BigPond Broadband Plans

Combine Pay TV Phone and Broadband with Telstra Home Bundles

Updated 05.10.2011 by Ronnie

I thought it best to update this post as prices and products can change quite quickly. Good news is that most of these offers are still available and that means you can still save heaps by bundling your products with a Telstra Home bundle.

Bundle your Phone, Broadband and Pay TV services with Telstra easily and quickly and start saving on your broadband bills today! Simply visit the following link to browse Telstra Home Broadband Bundles.


End Update

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Save up to $81.85 per month when bundling your Pay TV, Home Phone and Broadband services by signing up to a new Telstra Home TV Ultimate Bundle – 25GB. Telstra’s new Home Bundles are essentially a double play and triple play value packs that provide Home Phone, Broadband services, or Home Phone, Broadband and Pay TV services all combined into one package.

By bundling all your Telecommunication services together, Telstra gives you a discount. I guess it’s like fundamentally rewarding the consumer with discounts for bringing all your services to them. Savings are based on either a Telstra’s HomeLine plan and 12 month Broadband pricing, or where applicable an additional FOXTEL from Telstra Platinum iQ Pay TV package as well.

There are five different levels that you can subscribe to a Telstra Home Bundle on Youcompare depending on your requirements (see the options below). The Bundles are extremely good value for the likes of families and couples who use the respective services frequently.

Compare Telstra Home Bundles right here at Youcompare, or call a friendly Telstra Home Bundle representative on 1800 116 504 now!

Telstra Home TV Ultimate Bundle 25GB  – Cost $218 per month (Save up to $81.85 per month)

  • Broadband – Includes BigPond 25GB ADSL or Cable Elite (no excess usage charges). Home Network Gateway included.
  • Home Phone – Includes HomeLine Ultimate, Line Rental and Unlimited Local and STD calls (plus good rates to Mobiles & International numbers)
  • Pay TV –Includes FOXTEL from Telstra Platinum package and  an iQ set-top-box

Telstra Home TV Bundle 25GB  – Cost $198 per month (Save up to $61.85 per month)

  • Broadband –Includes BigPond 25GB ADSL or Cable Elite (no excess usage charges). Home Network Gateway included.
  • Home Phone – Includes HomeLine Reach, Line Rental and Unlimited Local calls (plus good call rates to Mobile Phones & International phones numbers)
  • Pay TV –Includes FOXTEL package from Telstra Platinum package and  an iQ set-top-box

Telstra Home Ultimate Bundle 12GB  – Cost $118 per month (Save up to $41.85 per month)

  • Broadband – Includes BigPond 12 GB ADSL or Cable Elite (no excess usage charges). Home Network Gateway included.
  • Home Phone – Includes HomeLine Ultimate, Line Rental and Unlimited Local and STD calls (plus good call rates to Mobiles & International numbers)

Telstra Home Bundle 12GB – Cost $98 per month (Save up to $21.85 per month)

  • Broadband – Includes BigPond 12 GB ADSL or Cable Elite (no excess usage charges). Home Network Gateway included.
  • Home Phone – Includes HomeLine Reach, Line Rental and Unlimited Local calls (plus good call rates to Mobiles & International numbers)

Telstra Home Bundle 12GB – Cost $78 per month (Save up to $21.85 per month)

  • Broadband – Includes BigPond 2 GB ADSL or Cable Elite. Home Network Gateway included.
  • Home Phone–  Includes HomeLine Reach, Line Rental and Unlimited Local calls (plus good call rates to Mobiles & International numbers)

BigPond redirects typos to intelligent recommendations

“BigPond Broadband customers from today will experience less keyboard anguish with our new DNS redirection application. Typos can happen at any time. It’s frustrating when you get an MS Internet Explorer Live Search page with suggestions from a mistyped URL. It’s even more annoying when you get an unfriendly “404” page error message,” the letter said.

“The BigPond-branded landing page provides BigPond customers with organic search results, sponsored links, display advertisements and intelligent recommendations, all derived from the invalid domain input – much more helpful and friendly than a nasty 404 page error.”

New Telstra CEO David Thodey to replace Sol Trujillo

Sol Trujillo rides off into the Mexican sunset taking with him a suspected $20 million dollar bon voyage payout, while incoming CEO, David Thodey, is left to pick up the pieces and rekindle the severed relationship left behind between Telstra and the Australian Federal Government. The appointment of Thodey has also seen the resignation of Donald McGauchie, which is effective immediately, along with the appointment of Catherine Livingstone who will take on the company’s chair.

David Thodey was a likely internal candidate to succeed Trujillo. For one, he is an Australian who knows the Australian environment, and possibly a key that won Mr Thodey the board’s vote over three other rivals, including a British executive, was his close relationship with many key Government officials. To the contrary of Mr Trujillo, David Thodey has a calm nature and was not closely associated with Mr Trujillo, so this should also give him a great advantage in the political arena.

Trujillo was essentially hated by the Australian Federal Government. He only had himself to blame for being dropped from the Christmas Card mailing list as his hostile approach to the Australian Telecommunication environment and Federal Government made Trujillo highly unpopular. What’s more, in his time at Telstra since 2005, Good ol Sol personally axed 10,000 Telstra Jobs and was not liked by the ACCC, unions, customers or his own employees. His tenure at Telstra also witnessed the nose dive of Telstra shares by more than 25%, so I guess its safe to say that many Australian Mum’s and Dad’s are also on the list.

David Thodey has definitely got a huge work load ahead of him if he’s going too turn the tide. On his list of priorities will be the new National Broadband Network and the looming Structural Separation of Telstra whilst fending off concerns raised by investors. He certainly appears to have the port folio to pull it off and we wish him well.



David Thodey Background Summary
Kellogg Post-Graduate School General Management Program at Northwestern University in Chicago
Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and English from Victoria University in New Zealand
Pre 2001 – Chief Executive Officer IBM Australia / New Zealand (22 year career)
2001 – Group Managing Director of Telstra Mobile of Telstra Corp
2003 – Group Managing Director of Telstra Business and Government of Telstra Corp

Telstra Back Flip – Plans for Voluntary Separation

Australia’s biggest Telecommunication provider ‘Telstra’ is contemplating the separation of it’s retail and wholesale divisions along with selling off some of the company’s fibre cable assets to the Australian Federal Government in what appears to be ‘a change of attitude’ from management.



A Telstra separation would come as no surprise although the voluntary action to do so would be an extraordinary decision considering the years of opposition against such a move. One theory behind the speculation surrounding the potential separation of Telstra is that the Telco is aiming to reconcile with the Government in a bid to thwart off far greater penetration into Telstra’s business affairs.



The question is will the break up of Telstra consist of Structural Separation, Operational Separation, Ownership Separation or Function Separation? After all, what are the differences?



Telstra Structural Separation would simply consist of two elements being divided into separate divisions – Retail & Wholesale. This would mean that the retail arm of Telstra would have to purchase and provision services and products from it’s wholesale division.



Structural Separation is essentially ‘Ownership Separation’. This means that the carrier division of Telstra’s network is entirely severed from the retail arm from both a legal perspective and that of ownership (including the parent company). The advantages of structural separation would essentially abolish conflict of interest, alleviate any monopoly stranglehold, improve regulatory legislation and thus improve competition.



Functional separation would entail Telstra to construct fully separated entities, however the ownership of these entities would still remain with Telstra who would then act as a ‘parent company’. This means all business dealings are separate, except to say that the entities would still be legally bound to Telstra.  Functional separation (aka Operational Separation) would involve stringent regulatory requirements of all Telstra’s network operations. Regulatory legislation would be introduced making it mandatory for Telstra to conduct business with all ISP’s on equal terms.



Search and Compare Telstra BigPond Broadband Plans right here at Broadband Guide.


Telstra announce BigPond 100Mbps Fibre Cable Network Upgrade

In the biggest broadband news to hit the Internet since Telstra was dumped from the NBN process, the incumbent today announced a Cable Broadband upgrade of 100Mbps which will triple existing speeds. Telstra’s timely media release has coincidently surfaced within days of an expected National Broadband Network decision to be made by the Australian Federal Government.



Work on the Telstra cable upgrade roll out will use the latest DOCSIS 3.0 software technology and has been scheduled to start immediately with completion targeted for December this year. The next level of cable broadband speeds is not expected to finish at 100Mbps either, as further upgrade capacities suggest cable broadband potentials can reach speeds of up to 200Mbps.



Although Telstra may be excluded from the Australian NBN process, the Telco still appears to be rapidly releasing upgrades and new features whilst expanding on their already impressive network coverage. It’s almost as though Telstra was seeking to obtain an early ‘upper hand’ against a prospective NBN rival that is due to be announced any day now.



By the end of this year, and provided that all forecasts go to plan, Telstra will have upgraded it’s 2.5 million subscriber cable broadband network to 100Mbps; possibly increased it’s Next G mobile wireless service from 21Mbps to 42Mbps; consolidated broadband Internet access to 99% of the population; and as a result, enabled the potential for millions of people to work from home, improve home automation capabilities and opened the door to an online world of entertainment that includes high definition content viewing.



Funnily enough, this Telstra blueprint could almost deliver high speed broadband of at least 12Mbps (as defined by the Government’s NBN guidelines) to the majority of the population without needing the NBN funding of $4.7 billion? If Telstra was to provide minimum broadband Internet speeds of 12Mbps on both of it’s existing ‘Next G’ and ‘Hybrid Coaxial Cable Networks’, it would only leave an ADSL2+ upgrade to VDSL2 technology in it’s path of meeting the NBN speed requirement.



VDSL2 (Very High Speed Digital Subscriber Line 2) is a broadband Internet access technology that could supercede ADSL2+ services and can theoretically support speeds of 250Mbit/s at the source. However, beyond this distance the speed quickly deteriorates to 100Mbps at 0.5kms, 50Mbps at 1km, then to ADSL2+ speeds (24Mbps) at 1.6kms.



Telstra has already tested VDSL technology and ‘all bets are off’ that this type of technology will be the next in line for a roll out beyond the upcoming cable and Next G upgrades. If VDSL2 does become reality, then Telstra will basically have all the mechanisms in place to compete against an alternative National Broadband Network structure based on the Government’s pre-requisite minimum speed of 12Mbps.



Telstra Media Release.


Sol Trujillo to leave Telstra Helm

If the writing wasn’t already on the wall, the imminent fate of Telstra chief ‘Sol Trujillo’ was definitely made more evident after blundering the NBN bid. It’s been officially revealed that the Telstra CEO will in fact step down on June 30th this year after 4 years with the incumbent.

During his period at Australia’s largest telecommunication provider, Mr Trujillo says the results he’s achieved in this respective time has made him incredibly proud. He certainly has Telstra’s world leading Next G Mobile broadband network to his credit, however others would argue his success was limited, especially Telstra’s shareholders.

There’s no doubting that Mr Trujillo’s almost ruthless approach at dealing with the Industry’s challenges; it’s competitors; Australian Government relations; and regulatory conflicts earned him some stripes if not stars, however history will possibly reveal down the track that the one thing that he didn’t know too well was the environment he worked in and it’s people.



So who’s next in the seat? If the board share similar opinions to those just described, I’d be inclined to lean toward an in-house appointment. Telstra may be twice shy when it comes to obtaining a foreigner for the top roll, and someone that will be subject to an unfamiliar, and at times, hostile environment. My guess Telstra’s next boss is an Aussie!


Telstra BigPond Upgrade – ADSL2+ Exchange Schedule & Locations

News hot of the press, as most know by now, is that Telstra have announced an immediate extension to their Broadband Network by enabling a further 900 telephone exchanges with ADSL2+ services. What does this mean for you and more to the point, will you be eligible and if so, when will you be able to be connected?



Below is a logistical breakdown of the national ADSL2+ extension upgrade which is scheduled to be deployed over 4 stage increments.



The 900 additional exchanges that will provide ADSL2+ high-speed broadband serve
• approximately 730,000 homes and businesses in NSW
• more than 660,000 homes and businesses in Victoria
• more than 570,000 homes and businesses in Queensland
• more than 170,000 homes and businesses in Western Australia
• nearly 80,000 homes and businesses in South Australia
• more than 120,000 homes and businesses in Tasmania
• more than 50,000 homes and businesses in the Northern Territory
• more than 2,000 homes and businesses in the Australian Capital Territory.



Deployment Schedule

Stage 1 & 2
(48 – 72 hours)
370 telephone exchanges serving nearly 1.8 million premises will be upgraded within seven working days – within the first 48 hours exchanges will be upgraded serving nearly one million premises in locations such as Alice Springs (NT), Banora Point (NSW), Buderim (Qld), Deer Park (Vic), Kalgoorlie and Karratha (WA), Newtown (Tas) and Victor Harbour (SA); and within seven working days exchanges will be upgraded serving locations such as Ayr (Qld), Aldinga (SA), Mittagong (NSW), Lakes Entrance (Vic), Sandy Bar (Tas) and Madjimup (WA).



Stage 3 (2 weeks)
132 telephone exchanges serving 230,000 premises will be upgraded within three weeks – serving locations such as Loxton (SA), Tully (Qld), Narromine (NSW), Camperdown (Vic), Howard Springs (NT), Smithton (Tas) and Yanchep (WA).



Stage 4 (6 months)
An additional 405 exchanges serving more than 330,000 premises will be upgraded within 200 days as Telstra completes additional work – serving locations such as Grovedale (Vic), Tumbarumba (NSW), Barcaldine (Qld), Ceduna (SA), Forrestdale (WA) and Cambridge (Tas).



Overall Total
907 exchange sites
serving 2,423,664 million consumers across every state and territory.

Compare BigPond Broadband Plans right here at Youcompare Broadband


Telstra BigPond increase Next G speeds

Good news for those seeking fast wireless Broadband is that Telstra BigPond have upgraded their Next G wireless network to increase download speeds. The new wireless speeds will now compete with wired household Broadband and in some cases prove to be significantly faster. Bigpond have stated that subscribers will require their new mobile wireless cards to produce speeds up to 6Mbps!  Better still, if you’d like to find out more about the cards and associated wireless Broadband plans, you can do so right here at Broadband Guide.


The turbocharged laptop cards, to be marketed as Telstra Mobile Turbocards and BigPond Wireless Broadband 7.2 cards, deliver download speeds bursting up to 6 Mbps and, for the first time, also boast super fast upload speeds bursting up to 1.3 Mbps.


Telstra Business Group Managing Director, Ms Deena Shiff, said the new turbo cards provided extra speed, flexibility and productivity for businesses to operate seamlessly anywhere there is Next G™ mobile coverage – 98.8% of the Australian population


The turbo card devices are compatible with Microsoft Windows 2000 and Microsoft Windows XP and support Microsoft Vista. The devices also support Mac OS X 10.4 or later.

BigPond Next G
Wireless Broadband at Broadband Guide


Read the
entire media announcement at Telstra

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