Telstra adds more homes to ADSL2 network, fights 3 over shared mobile network

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Telstra has announced that 131 exchanges in Victoria, including 127 located in regional areas, will be upgraded (or have been upgraded) to Telstra’s ADSL2 network within the next 200 days, allowing a further 84,000 homes and businesses to access faster speeds.

“As well as the speed benefits, families will be able to simultaneously use several devices at home at the one time more easily. Content can be delivered with greater reliability, which is important when some members of the family may be downloading work files, others downloading music or videos, while the kids are online researching for school projects,” Grant Wiltshire, Executive Director for Telstra Country Wide for Victoria, said in a press release.

“The investment in these exchanges is on top of the 1400 exchanges upgraded to ADSL2+ by Telstra across Australia in April 2008,” he continued.

In addition, its mobile network, the Next G network, would be improved with an additional 32 mobile towers built in the state; located in areas including Mt Martha, Mt Franklin, Philip Island and Point Cook. The new towers are set to be completed by June 2009.

“We are now able to improve some of that coverage experience with an additional 32 Next G™ mobile towers to be installed by the end of June 2009. 14 of these will be operational as early as the end of April,” Wiltshire said.

In other news, Hutchison Australia, operator of the 3 network – which will merge with Vodafone pending regulator approval, and Telstra are arguing over an agreement in 2004 that saw both companies sharing a 2100MHz spectrum, which will last until 2017 or later, when the spectrum licenses expire.

However, the merger between Hutchison and Vodafone – which just got shareholder approval – has made things complicated; even though 3 CEO Nigel Dews, which is said to run the new merged company, has said that the sharing agreements between 3 and Telstra, and Vodafone and Optus will still continue.

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