Telstra to trial naked DSL service this summer

Telstra (ASX: TLS.AX) customers that want the convenience of a standalone DSL line may soon be in luck as the Australian incumbent provider's subsidiary BigPond has hatched a naked DSL service trial.

The trial, which is being conducted to gauge customer demand to "a few thousand users," will give customers the choice of two naked DSL products: one that does not include a phone line and an enhanced version that includes a phone service that allows users to only take inbound calls and make emergency calls. Customers won't have to pay an additional fee to get the enhanced naked DSL service.

Those customers that do sign up for the trial will be able to get downlink speeds of up to 20 Mbps with a 25 GB data usage limit for $50 a month with a 24-month contract. Of course, the next question on the industry's mind will be whether Telstra will offer the service to other service providers on a wholesale basis. At this point, the only thing Telstra would say is that they will evaluate its next move when the trial concludes.

For more:
- TeleGeography has this article

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