Telstra has a long and rich history in the Australian telecommunications industry. Telstra initially started as a government owned organisation and was founded by the Commonwealth in 1975. Back then, Telstra was the country’s only telco and they were solely responsible for providing communications connections throughout the country.
Telstra built the copper communications network, more commonly known as the telephone network, which has become the backbone for all ADSL connections and the majority of broadband connections throughout Australia.
Having built a strong and large network to work with Telstra now dominates the broadband industry. Telstra is Australia’s largest internet service provider and is currently providing 8.1 million fixed line services and 13.8 million mobile services, including wholesale services. Telstra operates and maintains more than 5000 telephone exchanges around the country.
- Available in many regional and rural areas
- Long standing reputation in the telecommunications industry
- Significantly more content available, eg. Foxtel, T Hub, T Box
- 24/7 technical support
- Supports complex products on the telephone line
- Not a budget provider, some plans are higher priced than other providers
- Mix of Australia-based and offshore support, leading to inconsistencies with service
50GB ADSL2+ broadband and home phone bundle for $73 per month. Includes 50GB of data and home line rental, available on no contract basis.
Activation fee $59, set up fee $120.
Minimum total cost for 1 month $324.00.
Telstra has the largest broadband network in Australia, with more than 5000 exchanges around the country. Having built, and having ownership of, the copper communications network, Telstra’s broadband availability is extensive. Wherever there is a copper telephone line, and ADSL equipment, Telstra will be available for broadband services. This means they are available in most areas, particular regional and rural areas.