Full speed ahead for South Brisbane fibre connections
After much planning, designing, consultation and construction the first connections to the new fibre optic network in the South Brisbane exchange area begins today.
The new fibre to the premise (FTTP) network is being installed as the South Brisbane telephone exchange is being closed to make way for the new Queensland Children’s Hospital. Rather than relocating the exchange and all the equipment in it, Telstra has chosen to upgrade its copper network in the area to high-speed fibre optic cable.
It is anticipated that around 18,000 services will be upgraded to the fibre network, including fixed phone services and Telstra’s cable broadband services.
This is a phased approach over the next 18 months with plans for residents and businesses in the area to be progressively migrated onto the new network. As construction is completed and areas are ready to be moved on to the new fibre network, residents and businesses will be contacted by their service provider to arrange their installation.
With the closure of the exchange we need to disconnect all the existing copper wires in the area. As a result, anyone currently using the copper cable network for either a telephone or broadband service (or both), either as a Telstra customer or through another service provider, will need to be connected to the new fibre or they will not have a working service once the copper cables are disconnected.
This upgrade will not affect mobile services, Foxtel Pay TV services or services provided over alternative networks (such as Hybrid Fibre Coaxial cable) by other service providers.
The migration of services on to the new fibre network is expected to be completed by December 2012.After this date we will then focus on the removal of the exchange building ahead of handing the vacant site to the Queensland Government.
Visit www.fibretosouthbrisbane.com.au for more information and to view the project video detailing the project.