Optus to up its HFC network speeds too

Announcement comes hot on the heals of rival Telstra's moves earlier this week

After rival Telstra claimed it was launching "Australia's fastest broadband network" earlier this week, Optus has come out saying it too will upgrade its hybrid fibre-coaxial (HFC) cable network in three capital cities.

While details are scarce at this stage, an Optus spokesperson told Computerworld its HFC network upgrade to DoCSIS 3 would take place in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane.

The announcement comes hot on the heels of Telstra saying it will upgrade its HFC network in Melbourne on December 1 in a move to increase speed and bandwidth for multiple users within households.

Tesltra said the upgrade will be able to provide download capacities of up to 100Mbps and increase upload capacities to 2Mbps for nearly 1 million homes.

Meanwhile, AARNet is to launch a supercharged file transfer service, CloudStor, capable of transferring files hundreds of gigabits in size via the organisation's high-speed academic network.

The service, due to go live in early 2010, is designed to encourage greater collaboration between research and academic organisations through faster transfer of large data sets such as medical, gene sequencing, and synchrotron imaging and academic presentations.

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