Telstra to trial NBN in Tassie

From next month, Telstra will begin offering free broadband trials through the National Broadband Network (NBN) for one hundred customers living in trial sites in Tasmania. The NBN Co Tasmanian trial sites are Midway Point, Scottsdale and Smithton.

Telstra will offer the trials to one hundred of their existing customers in October, with the trials set to conclude at the end of the year. Customers will continue to pay for their existing services.

Telstra will offer some of their customers a T-Box or T-Hub, while other customers will be able to upgrade their service to the super fast broadband speeds available through the fibre optic network.

Chief Executive David Thodey said: “The pilot, commencing in October, is an opportunity for Telstra to assess how BigPond broadband services and next-generation digital home products such as T-Hub and T-Box perform over the NBN.

“It's the first time that Telstra has sought to access another fixed network rather than use our own, so it's important we ensure our products and services work smoothly."

Telstra spokesman, Jon Court, added: "The whole reason for the trial is an indication that we are planning to [re-sell NBN Co services]. We just want to make sure that everything is working correctly before we could make a commercial offer to our customers."

iPrimus, Exetel, iiNet and Internode are also offering NBN plans through the fibre optic network. Dodo has recently committed to offering an unlimited data service over the NBN in the future.

Telstra announced in June that they have signed an $11 billion agreement with NBN Co to include the telco giant in the NBN’s national rollout.