[LINK] TransACT network makes connection
Tue, 13 Jun 2000 15:19:29 +1000
Subject: [LINK] TransACT network makes connection
Author: "Bernard Robertson-Dunn" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 13/06/00 2:00
If you go to <http://www.transact.com.au/> you get redirected to
<http://www.chimo.com.au/>, an Adelaide based website consulting and
multimedia development enterprise with seven staff.
<http://www.transact.gov.au/> doesn't seem to exist.
I only want to find out when my suburb is due to get connected. I'm not
impressed so far.
TransACT network makes connection
CANBERRA's TransACT broadband network has been officially launched, with
the company announcing a commercial roll-out to 96,000 homes and 15,000
businesses. Sporting competitive pricing - telephone lines for $12 a month,
video from $17 a month and data from $39 a month - the network roll-out
across the ACT is expected to be completed by December 2002.
Customers will have access to a 52Mbps connection as part of a basic
package, with additional charges applying for faster speeds. The network
has either signed or is negotiating with a large number of service and
content providers, including Civic Video, Video Ezy's EzyPlus, ninemsn,
OzEmail, Connect.com.au and UUNET, and is understood to be talking to a
number of others.
Customers - who pay a monthly fee to TransACT and then pay for content -
also benefit from free access to government services online. Chief
executive Richard Vincent said the network - which would begin with the
restart of the original trial network in the suburb of Aranda, rapidly
followed by key corporate and government clients - would go live in the
first quarter of 2001. Some work was still needed, he said.
"We will do some retrofitting, because the containers we put our
electronics in at Aranda weren't ant-proof," he said.
Mr Vincent said he expected the take-up rate for the network would be about
30 per cent, with users being offered an option of telephony, video, data
or all three services. Consumers would benefit from a wealth of offerings
from the company's partners, Mr Vincent said. "Unlike others, this is an
open network," he said. "We are saying this is open to all-comers, whereas
the traditional telcos want to own everything."
A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry;
but money answereth all things.
-- Bible: Ecclesiastes 10:19