TransACT Rolls Out Capital Broadband Network
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Over 95,000 households and businesses in Canberra are expected to benefit from communications-based applications and services through the rollout of a new broadband network over the next two years.
TransACT Communications, a company founded and owned by the Australian Capital Territory's electricity, water and waste-water service provider ACTEW and the Telecom Venture Group, will use a switched digital broadband system to provide telephone, video, integrated Smart Card technology and high-speed data services from a permanent Internet connection.
The network will use the existing ACTEW power pole network to run the fibre-optic cables from pole-to-pole, improving TransACT's time-to-market whilst minimising the environmental impact of the rollout.
Copper cable will be used for the final connection to a residence, and by limiting this to no more than 300 metres TransACT expects the network to deliver a 36 Mbps asymmetric bandwidth to each customer, using high-speed digital line 'VDSL' technology.