Australian telco Telstra plans to use a T-Box personal video recorder unit as the linchpin and a strengthened relationship with content provider Foxtel to make its IPTV service the lever that pries more revenue from a legacy mobile and fixed line subscriber base.
Ericsson is touting what it calls the first successful trial of a 1 Tbps (1,000 gigabits) link over 995 kilometers of existing fiber optic network operated by Telstra in Australia. The trial marks the first successful move of high-speed broadband technology from the Ericsson labs to the field, the company said.
Australian multichannel video programming distributor (MVPD) Foxtel is beefing up its IPTV play with a new TV Everywhere-like service called Foxtel Play that is expected to be available for a range of TVs, consoles and mobile devices.
Telstra Wholesale is the latest service provider to gain the Metro Ethernet Forum's (MEF's) Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE 2.0) certification for its new "Data Advantage" Ethernet Access and Ethernet backhaul products, which it debuted last August.
Australians are stepping up to IPTV and away from traditional video stores in a trend that will accelerate in 2013 thanks to "far more aggressive bundling strategies from telcos," according to Scott Lorsen, CEO of IPTV provider FetchTV.
Telstra announced Tuesday during the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona that it will deploy Ericsson's optical gear as its 100G coherent network platform.
Telecom New Zealand, Vodafone and Telstra on Monday signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding to jointly invest in building a submarine cable between Auckland and Sydney that they claim will expand New Zealand's international connectivity and strengthen its links into Asian markets.
ustralian regulators are concerned that the growth of online video services in competition with incumbent service providers could result in Internet slowdowns as the incumbents try to protect their own paid video content. As a result, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has warned incumbents they'll be investigated if they show signs that they are throttling competing online services.
Telstra on Thursday completed the migration of its copper network in its South Brisbane Exchange area to fiber after beginning the project 18 months ago.
Telstra's move to purchase Adam Internet has hit a snag as the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission wants more time to examine various competition issues.