Telstra, Cisco upgrade BigPond services

Telstra and Cisco Systems have completed the Adelaide and Perth legs of a multimillion-dollar cable service modem upgrade.

The high-end cable modem termination system (CMTS), IP infrastructure and related back-end systems have been supplied by Cisco under a multiyear upgrade contract which will give Telstra the capacity to provide its BigPond broadband cable service to 500,000 customers within five years.

Denis Mullane, Telstra BigPond general manager, said: "The BigPond cable network is integral to Telstra's commitment to the national deployment of broadband services. It complements our ADSL and satellite broadband networks."

Telstra said the enabling of the network is part of its strategy to deliver broadband services and in the future, a range of IP-based services, such as virtual private networking and voice over IP.

Adelaide and Perth are now compliant with the data over cable service interface specification (DOCSIS) industry networking standard. DOCSIS is A worldwide IP-based standard for carrying data over hybrid fibre-coaxial (HFC) cable networks.