Telstra officials claims the Point Cook rollout, which began eight weeks ago, is the first roll-out of fibre-optic broadband in an existing estate. The first customers were connected to the NBN last week in Midway Point, Tasmania, and previous FTTP networks have been installed in greenfields sites.
"We've had a terrific local reaction from residents in the footprint. Like all network rollouts, the trial footprint has boundaries and this means some people miss out on fibre-optic connection. We encourage those customers to get in touch with us to see what other solution we can provide," said Telstra's general manager for Melbourne, Patrick O'Beirne.
Telstra officials say more than 300 residents have connected to the fibre network. When O'Beirne launched the Point Cook trial in May, he said up to 1500 households could access the network.
One in five isn't bad going for the first two months, especially when you consider that full-speed Velocity broadband plans cost $129.95 per month for 50GB of data, or $159.95 for 100GB ($10 less if you also have a Telstra full service fixed line phone). Downloads are capped at 64kbps once the monthly limit is reached
In May, Telstra Wholesale public affairs manager Angela Martinkus said there were plans to provide other ISPs with access to the Point Cook trial.
O'Beirne noted that some customers have upgraded from ADSL2+ to the Velocity FTTH service.
Local resident and information technology executive Daniel Howard said "The high bandwidth and low latency to domestic and international sites is the fastest I have ever seen in Australia. It's allowing me to work from home more often and work much faster than I was able to on ADSL2+."