back to article Telstra restarting long-stalled ADSL investment

Telstra CEO Andy Penn, while promising to spend AU$250 million improving the Telstra network, has, without much fuss, re-started investment in ADSL infrastructure. That announcement is in the context of a National Broadband Network that's supposed to make ADSL obsolete. In this blog post, Penn says the mobile network's $50 …

  1. Magani

    Dear Mr Penn,

    While you're in a spending mood, how about looking into mobile phone Black Spots or holes. You mentioned nothing about this.

    I live about 1km from Highway 1 in suburban Brisbane and still have to walk around the house to find a mobile signal. The last time I complained to your (offshore) customer service folk, I was told it was because all the traffic on the highway was using all the available bandwidth.

    OK, at peak times it's pretty busy, but at 2am?

    BTW, you're not alone. Optus mobile is garbage here, too.

  2. Oengus

    Saturated Exchanges

    Telstra Wholesale listed 2,783 exchanges in which ADSL (including ADSL2+) services were available.

    How many of these exchanges have/had no "spare" capacity? I know of people that have had to wait for months before someone left the area and cancelled their ADSL service before they could get a connection because Telstra advised that "There are no available ADSL ports in the exchange".

    Of the 47 exchanges added, how many were completely new exchanges "forced" on Telstra as a requirement under their Universal Service Obligation.

  3. Jim84

    Yesterday's technology tomorrow

    Well down to the present conservative Australian government and Malcolm Turnbull. Another fine mess.

    1. Mark Exclamation

      Re: Yesterday's technology tomorrow

      Indeed, but not as bad as the previous socialist Australian government and Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard, Kevin Rudd, and (backstabber) Bill Shorten. A worse mess.

  4. aberglas

    Good news. The NBN will take many more years.

    For many, the NBN has been a disaster because it killed investment in the existing infrastructure. This meant some people have needed to wait many years without any internet at all, and will likely wait many more years for the NBN.

    The NBN promisies speeds over 10mbit, whereas many ADSL lines struggle to provide 1.5 megabits. But without that 1.5 megabits people have no internet at all. The extra 8.5 megabits of NBN enables ultra high definition TV, but that is a marginal benefit compared to having no internet at all.

    One wonders how many of the NBN zealots live without internet. And would be happy to wait 10 years or so without internet just to be able to have ultra high definition TV.

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