Telstra to trial services over NBN Co infrastructure

21 Sep 2010

Australian fixed line incumbent Telstra has revealed that it is to start offering trial services over the National Broadband Network (NBN) to customers in Tasmania from October 2010, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. Around 100 existing Telstra subscribers are, it is understood, to be offered the option of taking up the new services in order that Telstra can test the compatibility of the infrastructure being overseen by NBN Co, the public-private entity created to oversee the construction of the NBN. The customers would be selected from people living in the three NBN Co trial cities of Midway Point, Scottsdale and Smithton; the second stage of the Tasmanian roll out will connect a further seven towns, and construction is underway in five mainland first release sites, which are expected to go live in mid-2011. Commenting on the development, David Thodey, Telstra’s CEO, said: ‘The pilot, commencing in October, is an opportunity for Telstra to assess how BigPond broadband services and next generation digital home products such as T-Hub and T-Box perform over the NBN … It’s the first time that Telstra has sought to access another fixed network rather than use our own, so it’s important we ensure our products and services work smoothly.’

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