Telstra ups cable to 100Mbps, dwarfs NBN speeds

Network upgrades to go national

Sol Trujillo - CEO Telstra

Sol Trujillo - CEO Telstra

Telstra today announced sweeping upgrades to its national Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC), or cable, network which will see 1.8 million Melbourne homes receive Internet access speeds of up to 100Mpbs by years' end.

The upgrades will improve the telco's HFC network in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, and dwarf the government's proposed minimum 12Mpbs speeds for the National Broadband Network (NBN).

The speed of Telstra's Melbourne network will more than triple thanks to a rollout of the DOCSIS 3.0 (Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification) at a total upgrade cost of $300 million.

Outgoing Telstra CEO Sol Trujillo said the latest DOCSIS version has been successfully rolled out overseas.

“Late last year, Telstra foreshadowed that we would continue our investment in our cable network and, with the DOCSIS 3.0 software now well established internationally, we have the ability to dramatically increase speeds into Australian homes,” Trujillo said in a statement.

“Now we are going to [have] super-fast broadband with download speeds among the highest in the world.”

Some analysts considered the DOCSIS technology a spare card to allow Telstra to tighten competition between its HFC network and the looming NBN.

The telco said further upgrades could push the network to speeds of 200Mpbs. In Melbourne, network speeds of 30Mpbs go to 1.8 million homes and 17Mpbs to some 700,000, the company said.

Trujillo last month said the company's is unperturbed by it's exclusion from the $4.7 billion taxpayer-funded NBN and said it will build on its Next G, HFC and fibre backhaul networks.

Telstra chairman Donald McGauchie told reporters last month in Sydney its exclusion from the NBN will not jeopardise its market position.

“It would be nice if this country got off the political kick and got on to the innovation investment concept and understand that there are a lot of ways to skin a cat,” McGauchie said.

He claimed the NBN will have no impact on Telstra's financial guidance and will present “major challenges for the operator” in terms of technology, logistics and legal challenges.

Trujillo said in a presentation made at the Citigroup Entertainment, Media and Telecommunications conference in the US the company will lose $1-$2 billion in future revenue.

The national HFC network reaches 2.5 million homes and the DOCSIS 3.0 upgrades will start immediately

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3 Comments

That Commenting Guy

1

Telstra could of done this ages ago, but nah, they just let it go stale while the competition catches up

gfrend

2

cable speed and cost

Many observers have noted that 100Mbps is a hollow headline that will never be reached in practice, particularly at popular times for being online.

However, apparently nobody has questioned the other headline figure of $300m for Melbourne alone. To achieve that level of projected expenditure they must have costed every worker at Solly's level of salary (though that approach would be in line with every other financial estimate they have produced).

Grant

3

Megabyte (MB) versus Megabit (Mb), What's The Difference?
Telstra has the capacity to get Up TO 100Mbps. that infact is not a 100Mega Bytes Per Second It is 100 Mega bits Per second. 12.5 Mega Bytes Per Second
These are technological terms that Telstra are using and have used for years to fool their customers.
100Mega bit Mbps is not even half of 100Mega Bytes MBps per second.
There are 8 Bits In a byte so for every 8 megabits =(Mbps) there are only 1 Megabyte MBps Little b = mega bits BIG B = Mega Bytes.
If your connection is 1 Megabit it is a 128k connection.
8Mbps ((megabit)) connection is you have a 1024k connection through put. this is a
1 Megabyte connection. throughput.

100 Mbps = 12.5 Megabytes. Throughput at capacity. = Telstra BigPond
100 MBps equals 800Megabits. = National Broadband Network
The NBN is factually and does it very well capable of 1Gigabit Per Second Gbps that is 1000 megabits and beyond at worst.
NBN is 8.3 Times faster than Telstra's 100Mbit Hybrid Fibre Coaxial Network
A 100Mega bit per second Mbps connection is only 12.5 MBps Mega Bytes per second.
Mbps MBps Big B Little b
The NBN is factually above 100Megabytes per second MBps ((Mega Bytes Per Second))=800 Mega bits per second or Mbps. Mbps MBps Big B Little b
MB = Mega Byte//// Mb = Mega bit
That equates to 800 ((megabits)) opposed to 100mbps =megabits per second. Telstra's real cable speed is false at only 12.5 Megabytes per second throughput.

TELSTRA 100mbps =12.5 Megabytes Per Second Throughput??????. is Factually 8192KBps =Kilo Bytes per second.

Telstra should not even be using the ((Mbps)) transfer rate it is over exaggerated and Extremely confusing for conversion rates of speed and content of Data.

NBN 800mbps = 100Megabytes Per Second Throughput.

No question that it is actually as fast as the fastest network in the world.

Remember with the little ((m)) equals megabits. and there are always 8 bits in a byte.
Big M is Byte and there are 8 bits within it.

so when Telstra said that the NBN was 12.5Mbps which is actually Megabytes Per second equivalent to their 100mbits per second they obviously have no idea what they are talking about.
they got their bits and bytes all mixed up.

It's not at all easy to do when you're working with data there is no time to mix bits and bytes.

Mbps is Mega bits. little b
MBps is Megabytes. BIG b
Kbps is kilo bits little b.
KBps is Kilo Bytes. big B
Gbps Giga bit is little b
GBps is Giga Bytes big B
Tbps
TBps
Telstra 100 Mbps is actually only 8192K

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