[clug] ADSL2 in Canberra from Internode/Agile

Neil Pickford neilp at goldweb.com.au
Fri May 12 08:19:14 GMT 2006

Hi Steve

While at the CeBit show in Sydney this week I was cornered by a TPG 
sales person who wanted to know if I would switch to ADSL2+.  I said I 
was with Internode and that they have ADSL2+ in Civic and possibly 
Deakin, however the TPG person showed me a ADSL2+ roll out schedule that 
had Scullin (6254, 6255) and Melba (6258, 6259) exchanges available in 
May 2006.

Static ADSL2+ pricing seems competitive

There are other exchanges on the ACT list but I did not look that far at 
the time. I see from their progress page http://www.tpg.com.au/dslam/ 
that there has been some delays in the central area but the outlying 
exchanges still predict "Expected Active Date" May 2006.

So Agile might have to get their construction plans moving otherwise the 
competition will be serving us first.

Neil Pickford

Stephen Jenkin wrote:
> Folks,
> Anyone interested in 24,000/1,000 ADSL2+ at home for monthly:
> 20Gbe	 $59.95	
> 40Gb	 $79.95	
> 80Gb	$119.95 <http://www.internode.on.net/adsl/pricing/home.htm>
> Traffic is shaped over-limit. From (Telsra) ADSL DSLAM it's 1500k/256k,
> using ADSL modem on ADSL2+ DSLAM is 8,000/1,000, ADSL2 is 12,000/1,000
> And of course, YMMV - *actual* speed depends on distance, line quality,
> phase of moon, ...
> You can register your interest at: <http://www.agile.com.au/demand/>
> Of course, Agile/Internode have only *one* ADSL2+ DSLAM in ACT just now,
> BUT on their FAQ page <http://www.internode.on.net/adsl2/faq/index.htm>
> they say:
> "In some circumstances, communities, councils or businesses in an area may
> find the utility of Agile broadband services sufficiently high that they
> are prepared to make a contribution to the establishment costs of an Agile
> DSLAM in their area. If you are interested in this option, please contact
> Agile directly."
> I've talked to Agile and they need to know 3 things:
> * Number of people interested (per exchange)
> * Monthly plans, and
> * any "contribution" the group will make to the install.
>   [i.e. an additional ex-gratia payment on top of $139 connect fee]
> They were also interested in kinowing the community groups or
> businesses...
> How much is enough??
> They couldn't tell me and couldn't say what other groups have come up
> with.  Not even if $10,000 or $100,000 was closer to the mark...
> The complexity is this: no two installs are the same - the DSLAM is a
> fixed price, but one of the big variable costs is the 'back-link' to the
> POP - Transact in Dickson in this case...
> So for me out in West Belconnen, off the Scullin exchange, they have to
> buy or build a 15-20km link back to Dickson (you'd hope all that Transact
> fibre would be available, but...)
> When/If we have people committed, then I will contact them again...
> SO - for those with a Need for Speed [private *or* business], write to me
> with what exchange you're off and the financial committment you'd make
> AND register your interest on the Agile 'demand' page:
>  http://www.agile.com.au/demand/
> In two weeks, if there's a modicum of interest or more, I'll summarise and
> write to Agile.
> cheers
> steve
> ---
> Steve Jenkin, Info Tech, Systems and Design Specialist.
> 0412 786 915 (+61 412 786 915)
> PO Box 48, Kippax ACT 2615, AUSTRALIA
> sjenkin at canb.auug.org.au http://www.tip.net.au/~sjenkin

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