Telstra will be upgrading its ADSL2+ infrastructure for premises that were previously unable to access a fixed-line broadband service.
According to the telco, there is a potential for up to 200,000 homes and businesses to benefit from the upgrade, depending on the take-up.
Telstra is integrating ‘top hats’ technology into existing street telephone cabinets. These cabinets were unable to support ADSL2+ previously but top hat technology allows ADSL2+ equipment to be added onto them.
The telco is deploying this technology to approximately 2000 cabinets where the backhaul will also be upgraded to Gigabit Ethernet to increase data capacity to ease potential bottlenecks in the network. This will be done over an 18-month period.
New ports will be available to Telstra retail and wholesale customers.
The first 900 locations for the upgrade have yet to be finalised. Areas where NBN is already available or is due to be rolled out to in the near future will not be getting the upgrade.
Telstra will gradually shut down its copper network – which is what ADSL2+ runs on – as the NBN gets rolled out as part of its $11 billion deal with NBN Co. Customers will also be migrated onto the new fibre network.
“The upgrade will support our customers’ growing interest in connecting up household devices and screens to the Internet so that they can enjoy information and entertainment on demand,” Telstra said in a statement. “The extra capacity will make it easier for households to access their favourite Internet sites and work from home.”