TransACT signs FTTP deal with ACT Land Development Agency

TransACT has signed an agreement with the ACT Land Development Agency (LDA) to provide fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) services to over 1800 home units.

The agreement is a first for TransACT and will see the open broadband network provider supply FTTP services to medium density units (MDUs) along the Flemington Road corridor between Franklin and Harrison and up to Gungahlin.

In a statement TransACT CEO Ivan Slavich said the deal between TransACT and LDA will mean faster broadband for ACT businesses and residents.

“This agreement adds to TransACT’s extensive FTTP coverage within the ACT, with many residents already connecting to TransACT’s FTTP in the suburbs of Forde, Crace, Bonner, Franklin to take advantage of our next generation services,” Slavich said.

“TransACT now has a significant number of agreements in place to provide homes and businesses across the ACT with our advanced FTTP network – and this number is growing by the day.”

The announcement comes on the back of news of TransACT’s recently launched FTTP gateway in Forde, ACT.

According to TransACT, the gateway is a 100 per cent fibre-based, copper free building and has been designed to deliver high speed broadband of up to 100Mbps, IPTV and radio frequency (RF) overlay products and services over TransACT’s gigabit passive optical-fibre networks (GPON).

Described by TransACT as the “first of its kind in Australia”, the FTTP gateway will serve multiple suburbs, including Forde, Crace, Franklin, Bonner and the Flemington Road corridor.

The TransACT news comes shortly after a $280 million broadband deal between Telstra and the NSW Government that will see the rollout of an optic fibre network to public schools and TAFE institutes was announced.

The rollout will involve more than 4500 kilometres of optic fibre and will connect more than 2400 educational facilities across the state as part of the four-year contract between the telco and NSW Government.

In a statement, NSW minister for education and training, Verity Firth, claimed Telstra said the network would be "the largest in Australia and one of the biggest in the Southern Hemisphere".

"A flexible system means bandwidth provided to schools can be increased or decreased to meet temporary spikes in demand as well as growth or declines in the student population," Firth said.

"This massive program builds on the NSW Government's $158 million Connected Classrooms program and supports the Commonwealth Government's $2.1 billion Digital Education Revolution," she said.


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