Broadband register

IN a bid to counter the stream of complaints by customers unable to access asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL) broadband, Telstra has announced the launch of the ADSL demand register.

Using the online registration scheme, individuals connected to non-ADSL telephone exchanges can indicate their interest in connecting to ADSL broadband.

Telstra said the register would help the telco direct its ADSL investment to where demand was greatest and would spark interest in broadband.

However, the announcement comes amidst complaints that ADSL is unavailable in areas where there is already clear demand.

In a press statement Telstra said it would determine the ‘required interest’ levels, by carrying out a review of the costs involved in providing ADSL.

About 150 registrations will be required for most exchanges but the required interest level would vary depending on factors such as the size of the exchange, expected market growth, and technical issues including the cost of ADSL exchange equipment required.


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