The technology, which Telstra claims will offer users an average of 10-12Mbps, has been turned on in 364 exchanges covering about 46 per cent of the population. In the other 2000-plus exchanges, Telstra is only offering seven-year-old first-generation ADSL, which offers lower average speeds of 5-7Mbps.
Telstra claims it is concerned that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will force it to wholesale the service to its rivals in areas where there is no competing infrastructure.
In a move which represents Telstra ongoing commitment to keep Australian consumers in the technology dark ages, today it was revealed that Telstra will only enable ADSL2+ in telephone exchanges where a competitor already supplies a rival ADSL2 service.
From ‘The Australian’ news article today: