BigPond turbo-charges cable to offer movies on demand

BigPond will turbo-charge speeds for its cable broadband customers in time to push its movies-on-demand service next month.

Cable Extreme will be available to BigPond cable customers for an extra $10 a month in March, increasing the cap to a potential 17Mbps from the current cap of 8Mbps. The extra speed will be needed to stream movie content.

BigPond managing director, Justin Milne, said in a press statement that Telstra has been upgrading the cable network's infrastructure, and had been testing software changes to evaluate the network's ability to provide the higher speeds.

BigPond spokesperson Craig Middleton said that while some of the 2000 Telstra staff and customers involved in the trial were able to get 17Mbps speeds, this is dependant on many factors such as Internet traffic, physical location and system configuration.

Middleton did not specify details of the changes Telstra made to its infrastructure in order to deliver higher speeds.

"(There have been) general ongoing upgrades that help improve the network's reliability and capacity and have given us the confidence to using new software configurations that allow it to deliver higher speeds," he said.

BigPond Cable is available in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

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