Optus boosts cable broadband speeds

Optus cable customers in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney can now access 'supersonic' broadband speeds of up to 75Mbps.

By upgrading to the Optus Premium Speed Pack for an extra $15 a month, cable broadband customers in the three cities can surf up to four times faster.

Michael Smith, Optus consumer managing director, said, "Australians are hungry for high speed broadband, so we've upgraded our cable network to provide the broadband speeds of tomorrow, today."

Optus said the faster speeds will enable several members of the same household to be online at once, and stream video without interruption.

Optus’s main competition for cable broadband customers is with Telstra. Telstra's network is currently capable of speeds up to 30Mbps, and 100Mbps in specific areas of central Melbourne.

However, following an agreement with the Federal Government, Telstra has pledged to switch off its cable services once the National Broadband Network’s (NBN) fibre optical broadband service is rolled out.

Optus is not bound by such an agreement, and will be going head-to-head for super-fast broadband customers when the NBN Company’s network reaches major metropolitan areas.