IT News brings word that a down-in-the-weeds government has decided local cable network provider TransACT will be allowed to upgrade their fibre optics to VDSL2
The service provider, bought last year by iiNet for $60 million, had begun an upgrade of the 12-year-old network in Canberra in March 2009 to VDSL2, with promises of speed boosts to 60 Mbps on the downlink.
The Federal Government’s anti cherry-picking legislation, passed last year, prevented areas without the network upgrade from receiving the speed boosts due to potential competition with the National Broadband Network.
The legislation required networks built or significantly upgraded after January 2011 and providing speeds of at least 25 Mbps to be operated on a wholesale-only basis.
Under an exemption to the legislation, TransACT would be able to continue upgrading the network to VDSL2 while remaining vertically integrated, provided it notify customers and government bodies of significant changes to the network.