Telstra ramps up wholesale offerings

Telstra ramps up wholesale offerings

Telstra moved to secure its wholesale business last week, announcing a suite of five products for ISPs and competitive carriers. Telstra claimed the offerings are not in response to Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) demands, but reflect its desire to be the "carrier's carrier".

The new offerings consist of the City Digital Service (CDS), HDSL link, Proxy Cache, ATM, and Redundant Connection service.

Doug Campbell, group managing director of Telstra's wholesale and international division, said Telstra is "very serious" about wholesale.

The City Data Service and HDSL link is designed to offer other carriers a total managed Internet and data service with greater bandwidth capacity than previously available on copper wires.

HDSL technology offers transmission lengths of around 2.1kms from exchange to termination, while the next xDSL phase - asymmetrical digital subscriber line (ADSL) - is expected to offer transmission lengths of around 5kms.

Proxy Cache offers ISPs faster download times through storing frequently accessed sites, and promises to reduce interconnections costs by around 25 per cent.

Telstra's ATM offering provides ISPs with constant bit rate connection speeds of between 2Mbps and 16Mbps, according to the company.

Telstra executives declined to name the vendors supplying the equipment to host the services or give an indication of pricing. "Pricing is a bit sensitive because we negotiate with individual wholesale customers," Campbell said.

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