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Telstra to Roll Out High-speed ADSL Over Phone Network

Australian telecommunications giant Telstra has announced it will offer faster Internet access with the roll-out of new Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) technology beginning this August.

ASDL, which is expected to deliver line speed of 30 to 50 times faster than standard dial-up services, will initially be installed in over 200 national exchanges based in capital cities as well as Toowoomba, Launceston and Bunbury.

Telstra data product general manager Denis Mullane said Telstra will target the service at residential, small, medium, corporate and ISP customers, providing high-speed Internet access to around 3.5 million Australian premises.

"About 90 per cent of Australian households and businesses will have access to Telstra's high speed media and data services by mid-2002,'' said Mullane.

With ASDL, the increased speed will enable customers to make and receive telephone calls while surfing the Web, and access and download CD quality music, video clips and games. Business customers will be able to establish high-speed links between premises, via Remote Network Access (RNA), Mullane said.

Meanwhile, the network has confirmed it is in a stage of advanced negotiations with KPMG Consulting for the provision of an online service management capability.

The move forms part of Telstra's data mode of operation (DMO), established two years ago to forward Telstra's push to become a full online multimedia services provider.

Telstra's chief executive officer Ziggy Switkowski said the capability was needed to deliver a secure and personalized interface to manage many of the products that will be carried by the core DMO network.

The new generation service management and capability will use up-to-date computer concepts, including work-flow engines and pluggable applications.

"These capabilities are required to underpin the management of content and online applications linked to telstra.com, as well as Telstra's directly offered services," said Switkowski.

"Among many other applications, it will underpin the connection of ADSL customers as part of Telstra's initiative to broadband Australia," Switkowski said.

Switkowski said Telstra expected to sign an agreement with KPMG in the next few weeks, with new service management capability available for use later in the year.