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is an Australian Internet service provider and is
a subsidiary of Telstra. BigPond is Australia's largest
ISP, and as a subsidiary of Telstra, has a majority
share of internet penetration in Australia, primarily
due to Telstra owning most telephone exchanges. Based
in Sydney, BigPond is now a nationwide company, providing
access to internet services across the country.
- BigPond is Australia's largest provider of cable
internet, which covers parts of Australia's main cities
(Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and
the Gold Coast). Speeds available are 'Standard' speeds
(8 Mbit/s down/128kbit/s up) and 'Extreme' speeds
(30Mbit/s down/1 Mbit/s up in select areas of Sydney
and Melbourne and 17Mbit/s down/256kbit/s up in all
ADSL - BigPond provides both ADSL and ADSL2+ services
where available, with speeds ranging from 256 kbit/s
down/64 kbit/s up to 20 Mbit/s down/1 Mbit/s up. The
current speeds available on ADSL plans that BigPond
offers are 256 kbit/s down/64 kbit/s up, 1.5 Mbit/s
down/256 kbit/s up, 8 Mbit/s down/384 kbit/s up and
"up to" 20 Mbit/s down/1 Mbit/s up.
Wireless - Through Telstra's Next G network, Bigpond
provides the largest wireless network coverage in
Australia, claiming to reach up to 99% of the population.
Download speeds range from 256 kbit/s to 3.5 Mbit/s
in regional and interurban areas, and up to 7 Mbit/s
in metropolitan and city areas. Currently the network
has a maximum speed capability of 14.4 Mbit/s, yet
user side hardware is only capable of 7.2 Mbit/s download.
Users report that even 7.2Mbit/s is rare
Telstra Wireless 'Hot Spots' - In almost every Australian
Starbucks, Novotel and Hilton hotels, and in such
venues as Qantas' Airport Lounges and cafes, BigPond
has activated wireless 'hot spots' that people can
use if they have a BigPond account or credit card.
The connection fee is usually $5 per 10 minutes but
prices can vary from each hot spot. Most McDonalds
HotSpots are now free to access.
Satellite - Bigpond provides Satellite internet mainly
for regional customers who are too far away from the
exchange to get ADSL, and can not get Cable. Satellite
comes in two forms - 1 way Satellite and 2 way Satellite.
From 30 November 2008, BigPond will no longer provide
1 way Satellite. Speeds on BigPond Satellite range
from 256 kbit/s down/64 kbit/s up to 800 kbit/s down/128
kbit/s up. Satellite internet is comparatively expensive
with other forms of internet such as ADSL or Cable,
with pricing ranging from $104.95 to $499.95 per month
Dialup - Dialup plans range from $9.95 to $25.95,
with discounts for Telstra customers. Over the last
few years BigPond has aggressively moved customers
off dialup to a broadband platform, and in 2006 its
broadband customers surpassed the amount of dialup
or Telstra Corporation Ltd (often abbreviated as Telstra
Corp), (ASX: TLS, NZX: TLS) is an Australian telecommunications
and media company, formerly owned by the Australian
government. Telstra is the largest provider of both
local and long distance telephone services, mobile
services, dialup, wireless, DSL and cable internet
access in Australia. Telstra is based in Melbourne,
Victoria, Australia. Formerly Telecom Australia, the
company was renamed in 1993 to Telstra. The company
has traded domestically and internationally under
the Telstra brand, even after privatisation in 2006.
Telstra's headquarters are located at the Telstra
Corporate Centre in Melbourne, Australia.
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Mobile Web refers to the access to wireless data services
using a mobile device such as as cell phones, PDAs,
and other portable gadgets connected to a mobile telecoms
network. Access does not require a desktop computer,
nor a fixed landline connection. The service can be
to the traditional World Wide Web or to any one of
more limited service platforms such as WAP (Wireless
Application Protocol), i-Mode and Blackberry services.
many think that mobile web or mobile internet means
access to the traditional internet using a mobile
phone or device, this is not the case. The access
can be to the traditional internet, but it can be
to less than the internet, as typically is with WAP
services, or it can be to more than the internet,
to data services that do not even exist on the traditional
internet, such as SMS text messaging and ringtones.
The mobile web is similar to, but not identical to
the traditional internet and World Wide Web.
Mobile Web access today still suffers from interoperability
and usability problems. This is partly due to the
small physical size of the screens of mobile devices
and partly due to the incompatibility of many mobile
devices with not only computer operating systems,
but also the format of much of the information available
on the Internet. (Credit:
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