Thursday, November 9, 2006

Telstra Launches ADSL2+, Offers Business-Only Broadband

Telsta has now begun offering BigPond High Speed Broadband service at network speeds of either up to 8 Mbps or up to 20Mbps from exchanges offering ADSL2+ services. Because of regulatory constraints, the up to 20Mbps service would be limited to exchanges where competitors are also offering those higher speeds.

"This is the biggest news in Australian fixed-line broadband in years and complements the launch of the Telstra's Next GTM network, Australia's fastest and largest mobile wireless broadband network one month ago, said BigPond's Group Managing Director, Mr Justin Milne.

For customers with a Telstra full service phone, pricing for the new ADSL high-speed services starts at $59.95 (Australian) with a 600MB download limit, a 12GB shaped plan for $89.95 and 25GB and 60GB plans for heavy users priced at $119.95 and $149.95 respectively.

Entry level 256kbps plan prices remain unchanged, starting at $29.95 per month.

Telstra also marked the 10th anniversary of the launch of its fixed-line ADSL "Big Pond" service.

Telstra has begun offering its small business customers a High Speed Broadband service delivered over a dedicated "business only" network.

Business Broadband provides a choice of packages, including Business Broadband Starter for small business, Business Broadband Advantage for growing businesses and Business Broadband BDSL for larger established businesses.

"Smaller businesses have traditionally either had to settle for consumer broadband offerings or been saddled with higher cost solutions designed for large corporates," said Group Managing Director of Telstra Business, Ms Deena Shiff.