Telecom goes commercial with DSL trial

Telecom has launched the commercial trial of its DSL fast Internet service. The trial will be open to 200 customers connecting to the Courtney Place, Wellington Central, Ponsonby, Remuera, Airedale Street and Mayoral Drive exchanges and should last until the middle of the year when Telecom hopes to roll the service out to the commercial market.

Telecom has launched the commercial trial of its DSL fast Internet service.

Based on RADSL (rate adaptive digital subscriber line) technology, which allows Telecom to adjust the delivery date of data, users should expect real-world speeds of 1Mbit/s download rate.

“The maximum possible download rate with this technology is 6Mbit/s with an upstream rate of 640Kbit/s,” says Telecom spokesman Glen Sowry.

The commercial trial will be open to 200 customers connecting to the Courtney Place, Wellington Central, Ponsonby, Remuera, Airedale Street and Mayoral Drive exchanges and should last until the middle of the year when Telecom hopes to roll the service out to the commercial market.

Xtra will be the ISP for the trial but once the service goes live any ISP will be welcome to join the service, says Sowry.

During the trial users will be charged $99 a month. That includes 300Mb of downloading per month, with additional data being charged at 35 cents per megabyte. Customers will also have to either buy or rent an ADSL modem, which costs from around $30 a month. Nokia is providing the technology behind the trial.

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