Slow internet connections may be a thing of the past for Mullumbimby residents following a Telstra upgrade that saw an additional 179 fast ADSL2+ ports added to the town’s exchange last week.
For the geeks, this means download speeds of up to 20 megabits per second (mbps), about double the speed of most internet connections previously available in the town.
Telstra Country Wide Area North Coast GM, Sue Passmore, said she believed the network upgrade would bring a relief to many in the local community labouring with slow internet speeds.
‘We’ve listened to Mullumbimby residents who have been asking us for this and we’re very pleased to announce the new infrastructure,’ Ms Passmore said.
‘We know that in the past, some customers in Mullumbimby have been frustrated that they haven’t been able to receive a fast fixed broadband service. We’re confident this upgrade to existing infrastructure will help us meet the increasing customer demand,’ she added.
This brings the total number of available connections at the Mullum exchange to 560, although a Telstra spokesperson admitted that a number of the existing 391 connections are of the slower-speed ADSL1+ variety.
The move was welcome news to local phone and internet service provider Telco Green that, along with other licenced ISPs will be able to access the new ports for their existing customers.
And according to Telco Green’s Ethan Timor, it may not cost the earth to upgrade.
‘Our suggestion to any home or business that is connected to the Mullum exchange and is operating on an 8Mbps connection to contact their ISP and explore the possibility to be upgraded to an ADSL2+ port. This is usually done free of charge and at the same monthly cost,’ he told Echonetdaily.
‘There shouldn’t be any waiting list as there is [now] a total of 560 available ports and all licensed ISPs should have access to these ports,’ he added.
Ms Passmore said the new connections would be fast enough to run streaming movies and pay TV, including from Telstra’s T-box service.