Primus Telecom (via their internet arm, iPrimus) have launched their new 6mbps ADSL service in Australia.
Initially Primus will install their own DSLAM equipment at 200 Telstra ADSL exchanges, and roll out more.
Another ISP rolling out their own DSLAM equipment at Telstra ADSL exchanges is iiNET.
I’m sure there may well be other ISPs involved as well once they see what is happening with iPrimus and iiNET.
At current, the highest ADSL speeds offered in Australia is 1.5mbps which is 4 times slower than the top speed to be offered by iPrimus.
Although these speeds are lab speeds and never quite match up to the actual in use speeds, it is still quite a big jump!
The minimum speed which will be offered via iPrimus’ new offerings on their own DSLAM equipment is set at 2mbps.
The cost of it will be $29.95 for the 400mb plan, or $49.95 for the 12GB plan (12,000mb).
There are excess usage charges for the 400mb plan, and shaping on the 12GB plan. (Shaping means your speed shall be capped to dial up speeds once you hit the 12GB limit, but no excess charges are incurred!)
Here are a few articles that talk about the announcement.
Although i’m on OptusNET Cable right now, the news about ADSL2 deployment locally is still good news for all here in Australia. And the potential that there is going to be more providers that do not rely on Telstra means we’ll be getting better prices.
Having read yesterday’s article in The Australian IT about Telstra testing Web Videos using Microsoft IPTV technology using DSL technology, my first thought reaction was they can’t do it on today’s ADSL speeds.
It also reminded me of this blog entry by Cameron Reilly.
I wonder why we are lagging behind in the broadband uptake? Is it because of the prices here are too high?
To me it’s been a worthwhile upgrade to a broadband connection, but I talked to some people and their main reasoning is that they don’t go online too often. And if they do, it’s only to chat, check their mail and browse a few websites.
So what type of incentives would be needed to get these people to switch to a broadband connection?
Optus is offering some free local calls for people who sign up to their service (according to the advert it is 100 free local calls). Is that enough?
Telstra has a lot of streaming content provided, such as streaming AFL, V8 Supercars among other things. That’s perhaps another attraction for any fans of the two sports and fans of any other streaming content provided by Telstra.
Anything else though?
Just had a look over bink.nu and saw a news article for a new SmartPhone handset… More details here on engadget.com.
Looks like Optus and Vodafone are going to sharing their infrastructure for 3G mobile network…
Telstra and Hutchison Telecoms (Orange/3) announced a deal to share the their 3G infrastracture a few months back, and it looks like Optus and Vodafone are following suit.
I remember blogging a few months about Telstra to make use of the I-Mode “stuff” from (Japan’s) NTT Docomo.
I’m starting to wonder how long it will take to see the three companies (Telstra/Vodafone/Optus) start offering 3G services. I hope it happens soon, it will be good for the mobile market place. Though, i’m not sure if the Australian market is really ready for the video streaming and other such content. I’m sure it will happen, (the local takeup), but how long will it be before we see something?
I don’t want to see something crazy like this on the 3G network though.
So i’m wondering blog readers, what sort of things would you expect from your 3G provider? Better data rates (price-wise)? Streaming video content?
Just saw a very interesting article posted up on engagdet:
How-To Tuesday: Make 3D photos using just an normal Digital Camera and some freeware software.
The freeware software they make use of, Callipygian 3D Photo Editing Software is a .NET application. I’m seeing more and more applications make use of .NET, which is a good sign that there will be many developers who can shift over to the Managed API (aka WinFX) that is coming with Longhorn.