TelstraClear is doubling its DSL capacity and extending its network reach with plans for a residential service to be offered later this year.
TelstraClear corporate communications manager Ralph Little says the telco is fitting Ericsson's mini DSLAM (Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexer) in its cabinets. A DSLAM converts signals from the copper line to the fibre optic backbone (see Toy Box: Teeny tiny DSLAM rocks boat).
"We're fitting or upgrading cabinets in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Hamilton, Tauranga and Palmerston North which extends our network coverage." Little says it doubles TelstraClear's capacity.
"More business customers will have access to our high speed internet options and better access to our business applications."
However Little won't rule out a move to enter the residential space, either.
"There are other initiatives moving through."
According to the TelstraClear website roll out is expected to be completed in September with a residential initiative "a little later in the year". Customers who are interested in TelstraClear's service can sign up for more information here.
TelstraClear does resell Telecom's JetStream DSL product as part of its high speed internet service, formerly known as Tempest.
"We now refer to it as TelstraClear High Speed Internet. There is one product within that is based on the JetStream resale model."
Little says as the regulatory environment matures in New Zealand more opportunities will develop.
Telecom has recently announced a new JetStream pricing model (But wait there's more, says Telecom) however existing JetStream users have been largely unimpressed with the 256Kbit/s service. Telecom says the service is pitched at those dial-up customers who are considering moving to broadband.
TelstraClear has not yet announced speeds or pricing for the DSL service.