Telstra has dusted off its project to build a residential broadband network worth at least AUD4 billion (USD3.25 billion), outlining a proposal for competitor access at a closed industry meeting in Sydney, reports The Australian. The updated network plan for a fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) network features VDSL2 technology, which offers speeds of up to 100Mbps. The plan is also likely to strand up to AUD500 million worth of investment in ADSL2+ technology by Telstra’s rivals, including Optus, iiNet, Primus and Internode.
Telstra has been silent about its FTTN plans since talks with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) broke down last June. Telstra initially put the network on ice in December 2005, only two months after announcing the plan. Telstra has a long list of changes it wants made to telecoms regulations, describing the current set up as ‘out of touch’. Top of the list is the removal of parts 11B and 11C of the Trade Practices Act and a change in the access pricing for its copper wires, from four separate geographic areas to a uniform national price.