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Southern Cross Cable upgrade to bring data discounts

Southern Cross Cable provides international bandwidth from Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii to the USA. At present the company is currently delivering 620 gigabit/s of bandwidth while undertaking a capacity upgrade which is expected to immediately make available 200 Gigabits of capacity.


This upgrade means the total network’s lit capacity will now reach 1.4 Terabits per second and by March this will increase to 1.6 Terabits and to 2 Terabits by December. The company also states that it has the capacity to further upgrade the network to at least 6 Terabits by December 2013. This essentially indicates that Southern Cross Cable is trying to align it’s network to meet the growing demand of the market and that of the government’s National Broadband Network project.


So what does this mean and how will it affect us? Well, more availability of International capacity means that SCC can expand their supply. Recent SCC upgrades have witnessed increase ISP competition that resulted in data cap increases and price reduction. So perhaps 2012 may once again see some Internet Service Providers discounting prices, increasing data caps or simply providing better value for money propositions.


“With lower marginal capacity cost we have reduced our prices to the US from both New Zealand and Australia by 44%”


“it’s particularly pleasing to see how ISP competition has resulted in big increases to retail data caps over the last year for both Australian and New Zealand internet users, and to see the retail cost of data continuing to fall. Our new initiatives are again designed to support this process as another step towards the new NBN and UFB environments”

– Ross Pfeffer, Southern Cross Sales and Marketing Director.


Source: Southern Cross Capacity Up and Price Down – Again

Telstra Next G Network Uplink increased to 5.8Mbps

Telstra have announced an uplink speed increase of up to 5.8Mbps for their Next G network.

The new speed is theoretical with real time achievable speeds expected to hover between 300kbps – 3Mbps. Even these speeds will only be obtainable by customers in major metropolitan, and some regional areas, as those residing in areas other than this will receive between 300kbps – 1Mbps.

Customers with Telstra who already have the Telstra Turbo 21 mobile broadband USB will be able to take advantage of the faster uplink speeds as from today.

Compare Telstra BigPond Wireless and Mobile 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.

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 to upgrade Next G to 21Mbps then 42Mbps

Telstra have just announced yet another upgrade with Next G planned  to make the jump to ‘hyper speed’ with 21Mbps speeds to be introduced in 2008 followed by speeds up to 42Mbps in 2009.

At the GSMA Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona, Telstra CEO ‘Sol Trujillo’ announced the exciting news for increased wireless Broadband speeds across their Next G network using HSPA+ technology. No firm dates as yet, however a jump from the current 14.4Mbps that’s currently achievable to 42Mbps in the next year or so will open up opportunities for new and optimized voice, data and video transmissions.

“We have an evolution roadmap with Ericsson which will deliver customers speeds of 21 Mbps in 2008 across our national Next G network – a world first – and 42 Mbps in 2009 using HSPA+ technology. Our partnership with Ericsson continues to break the speed barrier,”

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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.

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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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Telstra increase Next G coverage in Tasmaina

Managing director of the Telstra Wide group ‘Geoff Booth’ recently announced that Telstra BigPond’s Next G network coverage has been extended to include Cradle Mountain and Bass Strait in Tasmania. The increase in coverage is expected to greatly assist emergency servicess around the Cradle Mountain area along with the provision of many services for passengers aboard the Spirit of Tasmania.

Assistant Police Commissioner Scott Tilyard said: “From a community safety perspective, access to mobile telephone and wireless internet services in the Cradle Mountain area will enhance the operational response capability of police and other emergency services, especially for incidents such as search and rescue and road crashes.

Passengers can now use ATMs, shop with EFTPOS and get uninterrupted mobile coverage and fast wireless broadband during the Melbourne to Devonport journey,” Mr Booth said.

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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

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entire media announcement at Telstra

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. 

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