Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/05/11/telstra_updates_tas/

Pre-NBN, Telstra upgrades to ADSL2+ in Tasmania

Copper upgrade coincidentally arrives in next-stage fibre towns

By Natalie Apostolou

Posted in Broadband, 11th May 2011 02:00 GMT

Telstra has upgraded its copper broadband network in Tasmania ahead of the deployment of the National Broadband Network.

The northern Tasmanian towns of Dilston and Bridport have now upgraded to ADSL2 + in a deployment the carrier says is part of its normal infrastructure investment. Although the build has been seen as competitive with the NBN, the new DSL kit is likely to generate a reasonable return before the government fibre installation is complete.

“Telstra’s networks are supported by a proven roadmap of innovation and investment. We have been able to develop this roadmap thanks to the close working relationships we have with our local communities,” said Telstra Country Wide Area General Manager for Northern Tasmania, Michael Patterson.

After suffering as a broadband backwater for years Tasmania is now the centre of attention as leading the NBN deployment. Last year, the Tasmanian towns of Smithton, Scottsdale and Midway Point became the first three areas in Australia to part of the NBN.

Bridport is 30km away from Scottsdale and 50 km away from George Town, which is on the list for NBN connection in the next stage of the rollout. Telstra’s network upgrade also comes at the end of joint trial with NBN Co.

In September Telstra agreed to a six month trial for 100 of its customers to switch onto the NBN, at the Tasmanian NBN sites of Midway Point, Scottsdale and Smithton. At the time Telstra CEO, David Thodey, said the trial was an opportunity to test Telstra’s products for compatibility on the NBN. ®