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Telstra has confirmed the existence of Project Top Hat, its plan to make ADSL2+ services available to an additional 200,000 phone lines presently limited to just ADSL1 services, because there is no space in street-side cabinets to add ADSL2+ equipment. Telstra plan to rollout the upgrade by implementing an additional box on top of existing cabinets and will be available through both Telstra Retail and Wholesale customers. Telstra says:
In the past, to permanently increase the broadband capacity of a street side cabinet, we had to build another cabinet alongside the existing one. This could take months of planning and network construction.
Telstra plans to roll out its LTE network fast and is said to maintain this speed into 2012. Over the next year or so, more and more traffic will flow onto the LTE, especially into 2013 when the digital dividend 700MHz spectrum is made available. Speed-leader Telstra wants to soak itself in the LTE-goodness, and are vowing to make the transition as seamless as possible. So instead of marketing LTE as a separate service, it will issue one with the same 3G/4G dongles so that the 3G and 4G networks work seamlessly.
Most users won't be aware of which network they're using. LTE will also be more expensive, but only $10 more per month. So the extra speed is not too much of a jump in the wrong direction.
National Broadband Network access is said to be as low as $50 a month, according to iiNet, who have just revealed their NBN packages. iiNet have announced premium packages including speeds of 100Mbps with 1TB of data, costing just $100 a month. This is $90 less than Internode's premium service that was revealed earlier in the year. iiNet also announced a $49.95 plan that will include 40GB of data with speeds at 12Mbps.
The 200GB plans will cost $59.95 and sport the same 12Mbps speed, with customers having the option of paying $5 extra a month to increase speeds to 25Mbps. 50Mbps will cost an additional $15 per month with 100Mbps costing an extra $20.
American internet users rejoice! YouTube requests might get delivered faster today with Google, OpenDNS and several content delivery networks announcing the Global Internet Speed Up effort. Finding ways to speed up the internet and deliver ever-increasing high quality streaming and downloads to users across the globe is getting harder. The Speed Up effort tries to dodge around this by making sure a user's request for content goes to a server near it, making delivery faster and more efficient from a bandwidth perspective.
At the center of this new wonderful speed up is the creation of a standard that attached location data to a DNS request so a user's request for content goes to a server nearby. This is definitely an upgrade as usually the content comes from the address of the DNS server and not the user's location. For example, an Austin, Texas-based customer who types in the URL for a YouTube video will share part of his IP address as part of the DNS request.
This way, the domain system server can route the request to a Google data center in Dallas, as opposed to one in Ireland. A simple solution, but would net great gains for people who have servers close to them. The new code goes into effect on Tuesday with 30 million OpenDNS users and Google's Public DNS service users visiting content hosted on the participating CDNs will immediately benefit.
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Clearmax is making headlines with the news of them using LTE and LTE Advanced as their primary 4G formats. The rollout will give Clearview peak speeds of 120Mbps or more and uses the existing 2.5GHz frequencies and network that it already uses. The new 120Mbps-capable network will be LTE at first, and then upgradeable to LTE Advanced when it becomes available and hit "at least" 100Mbps.
The costs of this upgrade should be quite low considering most of the network is being reused. In order to reach these speeds, Clearview had a few tricks up their sleeve such as carrier aggregation, or pooling together networks similar to what's used to get 42Mbps and 84Mbps HSPA+ on 3G. Not only is Clearview aiming for extra speed, but the upgrade should be an advantage for international access, Clearwire said. Where 2.5GHz WiMAX is mostly limited to the US, it's being used in various 4G rollouts across the world.
This means if it's pushed enough, Clearwire's bottom line could get much better as more equipment is made and hence sold, as it becomes more available.
Current Wireless modem not good enough? You should wait for some 802.22 goodness. IEEE just announced a new Wireless standard 802.22 that is capable of covering up to 12,000 square miles. The standard is actually for Wireless Regional Area Networks or WRAN which uses the white spaces left in the TV frequency spectrum.
The new wireless standard is meant to bring internet connectivity to large areas which are less densely populated that did not have previous coverage. The WRAN-standard will be capable of delivering up to 22Mbps without interfering with existing TV broadcast stations. The network is said to function with a series of base stations like current wireless networks, the customer will only require a small box installed in their house for internet access.
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London TweakTown readers unite! Virgin Media are testing the DOCSIS2-powered 1.5Gbps network in the heart of England. It is currently being enjoyed by a group of test sites around Old Street that also receive a 150Mbps upload connection. Virgin is claiming that it's the fastest broadband in the world, but I for one cannot agree to this without them giving me access to it. The best bit about this is that the technology delivering the 1.5Gbps is based off the same technology that is currently delivering 100Mbps services to residents across the country. So if the trial is successful, those crazy speeds should be rolled out to the rest of England.
Internode have announced their retail pricing for the NBN-based phone and broadband bundles packages, with prices ranging between $59.95 and $189.95. If you'd like the 100MB speeds, it will cost you a minimum of $100 per month. Internode were quick to say that the pricing for broadband could easily escalate, this is because of the flaws in NBNCo's wholesale charging model, compounded by the ACCC's "121 points of interconnect" decision.
Managing director of Internode, Simon Hackett, has criticised the NBNCo's wholesale fee of $20 per megabit per month, which is charged at the point where retail service providers physically connect to the NBN. He says:
This charge has simply been chosen to fill in an otherwise huge hole in the Federal Government policy requirement that the network return funds to the Commonwealth at a commercial rate and in a short time frame (relative to the expected lifetime of the network).