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TPG Telecom launches superfast G.Fast broadband services

TPG Telecom has become the first major telco in Australia to launch G.Fast technology, enabling superfast download speeds of up to one gigabit per second (1000Mbps) across its fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) network.

The launch of the new technology means wholesale customers within TPG Telecom’s FTTB footprint can now access download speeds up to 10 times faster than those currently offered across NBN Co’s FTTB network.

“We think the launch of G.Fast is a game-changer for our wholesale business and customers. We are not only offering some of the fastest broadband speeds available in Australia today, but we have a straight-forward pricing structure, which means it is easier than ever to deliver superfast broadband to customers,” said TPG Telecom Group Executive Wholesale, Enterprise and Government, Jonathan Rutherford.

The new services feature a simplified pricing structure consisting of a monthly charge for unlimited downloads, meaning wholesale customers do not need to worry about excess backhaul charges when provisioning services.

Two speed tiers can be purchased by wholesale customers on the new G.Fast upgrade, which is now available in more than 2000 buildings across New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and the ACT, covering more than 230,000 premises.

The two plans are:

  • 250mbps download / 50mbps upload
  • Max (up to 990 mbps) download / 50mbps upload

To celebrate becoming the first major telco in Australia to commercially launch technology, TPG Telecom is offering a 15 per cent discount to wholesalers that order a G.Fast service over the next 12 months. The discount will apply over the lifetime of the active service.

“The launch of G.Fast is an important part of TPG Telecom’s on-net strategy to increase the capability of our broadband assets and to get more customers onto our own infrastructure. This is allowing us to connect more homes and businesses with innovative technology solutions to help consumers and businesses thrive in the digital world,” Rutherford said.

“G.Fast is just the beginning of our infrastructure investment for FTTB premises. We have plans to upgrade our footprint in South Australia and Western Australia, which will take us to more than 2,500 buildings over the next year. In near future, we will also launch new superfast speed tiers across our VDSL and cable networks to deliver greater speeds to more customers than ever before.”

The launch of new speed tiers across TPG Telecom’s wholesale networks follows a recent decision by the ACCC to accept an undertaking that will see the telco continue to functionally separate its wholesale and retail arms for the supply of superfast broadband services. This undertaking, which comes into effect in October 2022, provides TPG with greater flexibility to expand its fixed line network footprint and supports the Company’s pro-competitive strategy for continued growth in the Australian market.

CT Bureau

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