Tasmania gets ready for Internet TV with high-speed broadband

Tasmanian telecom service providers iiNet, Internode and Primus have signed up as the first wholesal

This will enable them to offer broadband speeds up to 100 Mbps to their customers and deliver internet services containing richer media, high-definition video and Internet Television (IPTV).

The Australian Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Stephen Conroy opened a Stage 1 proof-of-concept test centre in Tasmania on Monday. The centre will allow retail service providers to test and refine their services in a live environment before they start rolling out the high-speed broadband access.

The fibre-to-the-home services are expected to be available from July over the Tasmanian arm of the Federal government's fibre-optic cable network called the National Broadband Network (NBN). The NBN is an open access network which will allow all qualified retail service providers to provide super-fast broadband and telephone services.