ADSL services get an extension

ISPs are advising consumers previously unable to sign up to ADSL service because of their geographic location to re-check their eligibility, following Telstra Wholesale’s decision to push the reach of its ADSL network from 3.5km to 4km from the exchange.

Telstra advised its wholesale ISP customers in January that it would be revising the transmission limits of its ADSL service at the end of March to allow services to be provided to customers up to 4km from their nearest exchange.

The decision to boost the range of ADSL was prompted by 12 months of testing, which revealed access could be extended to up to 4km from the exchange without any deterioration in service quality.

Previously, consumers more than 3.5km from the closest exchange were ineligible to sign up for ADSL.

On 29 March, the telco officially informed its wholesale customers that the extended service limit was in place. The telco estimates around 90 per cent of Australians will now have access to ADSL, up from the 75 per cent who were able to subscribe to ADSL before the service extension was introduced.

The service extension was made possible by altering the acceptable signal loss limit for ADSL from 49dB to 56dB.

Internode managing director Simon Hackett said the decision could allow an additional 400,000 customers to sign up to the ADSL network.

"This really pushes out the boundaries for ADSL delivery, especially in outer metropolitan and regional areas. It's estimated that ADSL will reach an extra 400,000 phone services in the next few months,” Hackett said.

"The distance is even further in country areas because the cables there are heavier gauge."

Hackett urged consumers who had been rejected for ADSL by Internode to re-apply.

Alongside Internode, other Telstra Wholesale ISP customers include iiNet, Netspace, Optus and Swiftel.

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