TransACT allowed to upgrade its network

By 13 April, 2012 8

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.

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8 Responses to TransACT allowed to upgrade its network
#1
Solidarity10:50 am, 13 Apr 12

Why can’t TransACT just make the Canberra internet all fast and stuff and then when the NBN comes along just plug the TransACT thingy into the NBN thingy and then the NBN wouldn’t need to come and do Canberra?

#2
thatsnotme10:57 am, 13 Apr 12

Solidarity said :

Why can’t TransACT just make the Canberra internet all fast and stuff and then when the NBN comes along just plug the TransACT thingy into the NBN thingy and then the NBN wouldn’t need to come and do Canberra?

For that to happen, the NBN would have to purchase the TransACT network, and it would need to become a wholesale only network. The TransACT fibre network doesn’t come close to covering all of Canberra either – there are plenty of areas where TransACT is only available via an ADSL connection.

#3
c_c11:02 am, 13 Apr 12

Solidarity said :

Why can’t TransACT just make the Canberra internet all fast and stuff and then when the NBN comes along just plug the TransACT thingy into the NBN thingy and then the NBN wouldn’t need to come and do Canberra?

Because construction requires significant capital and TransACT would not be able to deploy it any faster than NBN Co. can. Nor does TransACT have enough capital or debt I suspect to build much of anything. They wouldn’t be able to build it with the same scale of economy so would need to somehow build it at a higher cost than NBN, then convince NBN to buy it for more than NBN can build it, which obviously they wouldn’t do.

Had TransACT not cheap-skated and bothered to roll out fibre Canberra wide years ago, then they may have an argument for doing such a thing now, because all the channels and node hardware would be in place. But instead they opted for installing their own dSLAMS piggy backing on ageing Telstra equipment to expand their coverage.

#4
Holden Caulfield11:37 am, 13 Apr 12

TransACT allowed to upgrade it’s network

ZOMG the head of poetix will explode at that headline!

#5
Grrrr11:56 am, 13 Apr 12

Solidarity said :

Why can’t TransACT just make the Canberra internet all fast and stuff and then when the NBN comes along just plug the TransACT thingy into the NBN thingy and then the NBN wouldn’t need to come and do Canberra?

Because the TransACT’s network that looks most like the NBN – the FTTH network – is only in a couple of Gungahlin suburbs. It is a suitable network for acquisition by NBNCo.

The rest of TransACT’s network is VDSL and therefore nothing like the NBN. (Also, it only covers about half of the ACT.)

TransACT are probably trying to convince NBNCo to install in TransACT areas last, as they will claim the area is well-serviced. VDSL2 upgrades will help with this claim, but whether it’s acceptable is a matter of opinion.

#6
Grrrr11:59 am, 13 Apr 12

* Insert to the start of Para2 of my last post:

“Aside from the ADSL DSLAMs and SkyData..”

#7
gooterz1:47 am, 14 Apr 12

Yay .. Faster speeds now rather than 10-20 years!

Dont need an NBN

#8
SnapperJack6:48 am, 14 Apr 12

Will they still throttle it down to dial-up speed so that YouTube videos keep stalling?

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