OzEmail joins Canberra's broadband pilot

Internet service provider, Ozemail has joined Canberra's TransAct Broadband Communications pilot and will provide high speed Internet access services to the network.

Designed to test the technical performance of a fibre-optic network to be rolled out across Canberra, the network pilot is running in the Canberra suburb of Aranda before being extended across the state.

Provided by the Australian Capital Territory Electricity and Water Corporation (ACTEW), the pilot is described by officials as the "fastest domestic network available in Australia today" with services including telephony, video on demand, videoconferencing, and online content and data services.

"This pilot will demonstrate the future of high bandwidth services to the home," Sean Howard, Ozemail's CEO said.

"Working with the ACTEW to provide Internet access reflects our commitment to bringing the Internet into all homes at a speed and performance which will ensure it becomes part of daily life," he said.

"We are excited to be involved in the provision of a true broadband network."

According to Howard, OzEmail is working with telecommunications provider, AdvaTel in establishing strategies for its network expansion to support the ACTEW pilot. Officials said AdvaTel is supplying xDSL technology, used for high-speed services over telephone lines, in the absence of fibre.

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