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ADSL or Cable – Which Broadband Type and Why?

For most Australians, unlike many people other developed countries, the cost of broadband is still relatively expensive so getting the right product to suit your needs (and pocket) is a very important decision. While some overseas countries offer all you can eat unlimited broadband data usage limits, Aussies are still being stung with capped amounts and and excess usage charges. On top of this, purchasing the right broadband type can add to the complexities and aside from the rapidly emerging popularity of Mobile Broadband, the other two major fixed line alternatives most people are left with are ADSL and Cable Broadband. But just which type of broadband is right for you?

Firstly, ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line) is a service that enables high speed data transmission through existing copper telephone lines and by using an ADSL filter, it usually doesn’t interfere with day to day telephone operations. ADSL services can accessing speeds from 256k up to 8,000k (8Mbps), however typical speeds may vary considerably. This could be a result from on line quality, distance from your telephone exchange network loads and son on.

ADSL2+ is essentially the same as ADSL Broadband yet its updated technology can produce much faster speeds than its predecessor. Current ADSL2+ networks are continuously being deployed throughout Australia (far more so than Cable Broadband) and can offer broadband ADSL2+ speeds of up 24Mbps. As per ADSL, shortcomings in services can vary significantly, however the option of obtaining Naked DSL (ADSL2+ without the additional land line home phone rental fees) can make ADSL2+ Broadband services a far more attractive option.

Cable Broadband technology is made from coax material (similar to what plugs into your TV points) which substantially increases bandwidth limits and speeds as compared to conventional ADSL technologies. Higher speeds and a broader capacity allow users to also bundle their Broadband Internet with PAY TV and VoIP services. these bundle options are also able to run simultaneously with Broadband through the same connection without interference. Current Australian Cable Broadband Speeds are being offered at up to 30Mbps, although both Telstra BigPond and Optus have announce future upgrades that will produce speeds up to 100Mbps.

ADSL is believed to be a dying broadband type technology that will one day become obsolete and eventually replaced by a ‘Wireless’ and or ‘Fibre’ alternative. As ADSL (more so ADSL2+) is widely available over existing copper telephone lines and the fact Cable availability is limited,  my guess is that it will be around for sometime to come.

Below are some Pros and Cons that I’ve thrown together which may assist you when making your decision. Good luck.

Option to take ‘Naked DSL’ without Line Rental
Cheap Installation/Hardware
Typically less expensive than Cable
Wider coverage availability
Very Fast Speeds
More Provider/Competitive Choices
Generally cheaper than Cable

Land Line Rental (Home Phone) required
Actual speeds can be far more slower than indicated
Susceptible to occasional frequency interference and drop outs
Susceptible to to latency (lag) with heavy network loads (e.g. peak time use/ Household network)

Cable Pros
No Telephone Line (or Line Rental required)
Usually more faster than ADSL/ADSL2+ Services
Typically more consistent (less drop outs)
Technology compatible for add on Pay TV services such as FOXTEL
Shared multiple service capabilities
Lightning Fast Speeds

Cable Cons
Susceptible to latency (lag) with heavy network loads (e.g. peak time use)
Can be more expensive than ADSL
Availability limitations
Expensive Connection and Installation costs

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Telstra BigPond Broadband Internet Plans, Deals & Special Offers

New Telstra BigPond Broadband Plans
Telstra BigPond have just upgraded their broadband plans with increased data limits and value for money. Below are their new range of Cable and ADSL2+ plans and prices.

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

Compare these plans and other BigPond popular broadband plans here.

Updated by Ronnie September 19, 2011

Youcompare is excited to announce the inclusion of Telstra BigPond on to the comparison site. Being Australia’s largest  ISP, it’s only fitting that Broadband shoppers should have the opportunity to compare Telstra BigPond broadband plans and Telstra BigPond broadband bundles against other leading Australian Broadband Providers.

Whether you’re after BigPond ADSL, BigPond ADSL2+, BigPond Cable Extreme, BigPond Next G Wireless or BigPond Mobile Broadband, you need not look further than Broadband Guide! What’s more, BigPond Broadband constantly run Special Offers and Internet Deals which are also available through Broadband Guide. Simply read the promotional line text that appears in all plan results, and further detailed information in the respective plans ‘more information section. Cash in or save money on your monthly telecommunication bills with Telstra Reward Options and Home Phone Bundle discounts.

As Australia’s largest Broadband Internet Service Provider, Telstra BigPond have the best coverage; quality that’s second to none; excellent reliability and first class customer service satisfaction. It’s no wonder they are Australia’s most popular provider for Broadband Internet, Home Phone and Mobile Phone products.

Subscribers to BigPond are able to choose between high speed ADSL or high speed 20Mbps ADSL2+ Internet Access, or Super Fast 30Mbps Cable Extreme fixed line Broadband. Telstra’s Next G Wireless Network and Super G Fast Mobile Broadband plans have also been highly acclaimed as the yardstick of wireless G technology throughout the world and currently deliver broadban speeds bursting up to 8Mbps.

Racking up various Industry awards on an annual basis, if it’s quality, speed, variety, reliability and value for money that you’re after, then it has to be BigPond. This Australian ISP does not cut corners when it comes to providing top quality services that put their customer needs first.  Furthermore, Telstra BigPond have loads of ‘free services’ that you can use which doesn’t count toward your monthly usage limit.

Compare Super Fast BigPond ADSL and Cable Fixed Line Broadband Internet Plans right here 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.

Telstra 100Mbps Cable DOCSIS 3.0 upgrade

When it was revealed that Telstra held back the activation of hundreds of ADSL2 DSLAM Exchanges across Australia in 2008, many people where left bewildered. On one hand it was very disappointing to learn that Telstra was basically holding back the access of High Speed Broadband to thousands of Australians and therefore holding back potential economic growth. Then again, Telstra, as per usual, makes business decisions based on the best intentions of their shareholders. Sour grapes or smart business?

Now that the incumbent has been dumped from the National Broadband Network process, it’s forced the Telco to rethink their strategy and it’s through this that another Telstra Broadband revelation has emerged. Sol Trujillo, Telstra’s CEO, told a Citigroup EMT conference recently that Telstra is now capable of rolling out DOCSIS 3.0 technology that could deliver their Cable Broadband customers a staggering 100 Mbps broadband speed. WoW! Not only could they deliver 100Mbps high speed broadband connectivity, but using this technology Telstra could match the Broadband speed of the upcoming NBN. On top of this they could also roll out this 100Mbps network upgrade faster than any competitor could instill their own.

This technology basically means that Telstra could compete with, if not exceed, the speeds in which the new NBN technology is likely to bring. Of course Telstra’s DOCSIS 3.0 technology integration would be limited to major metropolitan areas where Telstra’s existing HFC network already exists, however this is still a very large chunk of Australia’s population. So when can we expect this to happen? Once again, it sounds like Telstra are going to hold back until they are forced to do so by competitive pressure.

 – Sol Trujillo

“Well the [DOCSIS 3.0] technology is now real, the technology is being deployed and we have that also as an option if somebody chooses to compete and to compete with us, the only difference is we’ll be there a lot quicker a lot faster a lot bigger, a lot more integrated and with more capabilities than anybody else.”

Telstra 100Mbps Broadband speeds regardless of FTTN

Telstra has announced that it’s been conducting upgrade tests on its Cable Broadband network which may see the Telco capitalize on it’s own network in the not so distant future if the Federal Government’s fibre-to-the-node decision does not go its way. Telstra stated that recent experiments with pre DOCSIS 3.0 (hybrid fibre upgrade) on their cable network had delivered Broadband speeds up to 100Mbps.

The experiment is so far providing 75Mbps in Sydney and 100Mbps connectivity over the HFC cable network in Melbourne, Bradlow said.

“We’re about to enter the video-on-demand era, we know that in an IPTV environment to deliver standard definition [needs] 12Mbps. Very soon high-definition will require the doubling of speeds again [to 25Mbps].”

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New BigPond Cable 30Mbit/s ‘Extreme Speed’ Plans

Telstra BigPond today launched their new 30Mbit/s Cable Broadband ‘Extreme’ plans which will evidently increase Cable speeds by up to 13Mbit/s.  Worth noting is Extreme Cable speeds of up to 30Mbps/1Mbps are available in selected areas of Sydney and Melbourne only that pass Foxtel services. All other areas servicing BigPond Cable, namely Brisbane, Gold Coast, Adelaide & Perth will be limited to17Mbps/256kbps. 

However, the service is only available to the 1.8 million households passed by Foxtel cable in Sydney or Melbourne. The other million or so people in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Adelaide and Perth who can get it will be limited to 17Mbit/s speed.

“At 30 Mbps, theoretically you can download a Hollywood blockbuster from BigPond Movies in less than five minutes, or stream it instantly,” BigPond MD Justin Milne said.

Browse all the BigPond High Speed Cable Broadband Plans right here at Broadband Guide. 

Read the entire article at APC.

30Mbps speed cable upgrade on way: 50 – 100Mbps possibility

Telstra BigPond has announced a 30Mbit cable network upgrade toward the end of the year which will eventually be made available to 2.7 million Australian households. The upgrade could eventually witness broadband speeds of 50 – 100 Mbit/s be implemented as an alternative to a FTTN in metro areas.

Mr Trujillo indicated Telstra was working on alternatives to a fibre-to-the-node network in metropolitan areas, such as an upgrade to the Foxtel cable, which could eventually provide broadband speeds of between 50 and 100 megabits per second to 2.7 million homes.

Telstra is expected to ramp up the cable’s speeds – used to deliver pay TV and next-generation broadband technology – to 30 megabits per second by August, before launching the upgrade a month later.

Read entire article at SMH



Telstra BigPond to upgrade Cable Network Speeds to 30Mbps

Telstra BigPond CEO Sol Trujillo recently confirmed a
planned upgrade for their hybrid fibre coaxial cable network for later this
year. It is expected that the upgrade will deliver fast broadband
speeds of 30Mbps (30Mbit/s) to 1.7 million household subscribers by the end of
2007. The jump from the current 17Mbps Broadband speed to the new proposed
faster 30Mbps is not that significant when considering Telstra’s overall plans
for it’s hybrid cable network. However, when Mr Trujillo was quizzed over
the limited speed developments he remained tight lipped and refused to discuss

The relatively small jump in speed
(17Mbit/s to 30Mbit/s) indicates that Telstra is indeed using channel-bonded
DOCSIS technology rather than the newer DOCSIS 3.0 standard that Optus is

He was tight lipped on other details,
refusing to discuss why the reach of the 30Mbit/s cable broadband was smaller
than the overall footprint of Telstra’s HFC, which covers 2.7 million premises.
Presumably, though, Telstra’s engineers have found that 30Mbit/s is only
attainable over certain distances.

Read the entire article here
at APCMag.

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