Telstra launches cable modem Internet service

Telstra has announced a new cable modem-based Internet service that it claims allows users to access the Internet at speeds up to 100 times faster than conventional analog modems used for PSTN services. The new service - called Big Pond Cable Internet - is available to about 1 million premises in Sydney and Melbourne.

Telstra has announced a new cable modem-based Internet service that it claims allows users to access the Internet at speeds up to 100 times faster than conventional analog modems used for PSTN services.

Gerry Moriarty, Telstra Multimedia's CEO, says the new service - called Big Pond Cable Internet - is available to about 1 million premises in Sydney and Melbourne.

The service is priced at A$65 (US$51) a month, a fee that includes 100Mb of data transfer. Above this, customers are charged a service fee of A$0.35 per megabyte of data transfer. A cable modem package required to use the service costs A$595.

"We expect that the initial users will be power Internet users and that, on average, they will pay between A$80 and A$100 a month to use the service," Moriarty says.

Telstra said Dick Smith retail stores had been appointed the main retailer of the service in Melbourne and Sydney. Gateway 2000. is also scheduled to offer online demonstrations in its showrooms in the two capital cities.

Hewlett-Packard. has provided the broadband Internet servers, Motorola the cable modem and cable router technology, and NEC the network design support services for the product.

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