Telstra has finished its Melbourne hybrid fibre coaxial (HFC) cable broadband network upgrade ahead of schedule.
Plans were announced in March to boost download speeds to 100Mbps – three times the average peak speed – in Victoria’s capital city by Christmas. According to the telco, from December 1, one million homes will have access to the service. Upload speeds remains relatively low at up to 2Mbps.
The revamp cost less than the allocated $300 million budget and there is still no word from Telstra regarding upgrade plans for other areas. Its Velocity fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network was also reworked for 100Mbps download capacity.
To leverage the city’s increased download speeds, the telco has released a new television set-top box for Melbourne customers to trial. Dubbed T-Box, the product carries two digital tuners to view high-definition channels, Internet programs and download movies to the home television.