Telstra Smart Community
Information for developers, homeowners and occupants
Information for developers
The 2020 year saw significant changes to the legal and regulatory framework that applies to the provision of telecommunications infrastructure in new developments.
As a result of these changes, Telstra has reconsidered its involvement in this provision and will no longer provide a quote for any Application for Reticulation or enter into contracts to reticulate any New Developments.
If confirmation of telecommunications infrastructure provisioning is required prior to development approval, developers may approach the SIP for the area in which the development is located.
Voice services in new developments
Telstra remains the primary universal service provider for the delivery of voice services as required under the Universal Service Obligation (USO) and must ensure people in Australia have reasonable access to standard telephone services where they live or work. This is an obligation to individual end users. These are residents of a single house or multi-tenanted complexes/apartments and tenants of a commercial/retail premises, where those premises are the primary place of residence or business.
Telstra will meet its USO voice service obligation on an individual basis in response to a customer service request using the most appropriate technology, including potentially a fixed wireless or satellite solution. Voice service connection fees and timeframes for end users will be in accordance with Our Customer Terms.
Broadband services in new developments
The USO does not cover the provision of broadband/internet services. The new Statutory Infrastructure Provider (SIP) regime aims to ensure access to superfast broadband infrastructure and services. nbn co is the default SIP, and other carriers can also be the SIP in certain circumstances (see ACMA SIP register).
Telstra Velocity (FTTP)
About Telstra Velocity
On 24 December 2020, Telstra sold its FTTP networks in South Brisbane and the Velocity Estates to Uniti Group Limited, to be operated and maintained by their wholesale subsidiary Opticomm. Over the coming months, Opticomm will be upgrading the network and will progressively become the new network access provider. This means customers will get access to faster speeds and improved internet reliability once their premises is changed to the new network.
Opticomm will not be the retailer of services on the upgraded network, but will act as a wholesaler to other retail service providers. Like nbn, customers will continue to receive services from their preferred phone and internet provider.
The transition process is expected to commence from July 2022, given the preparatory work the parties need to undertake. You can find out more about how Telstra Velocity is changing.
If you would like to make a new application, please contact Uniti Group Limited at firstname.lastname@example.org to initiate an application for connecting your development to their network.
Homeowners & occupants
The Velocity network provides versatile communication services for your home. For information on ordering non-Telstra services on the Velocity network, please contact your service provider.
For all enquiries about Telstra services on the Velocity network, call us on 1800 008 994
Monday to Friday 8am – 8pm AEST.
The Velocity Network needs power to operate. It’s recommended you get a back-up battery so you can still make calls in a black-out, including to 000.
It’s your responsibility to keep the battery charged, working and replaced according to manufacturer's specifications.
Help and support
Before You Dig Australia is a referral service for information on locating underground utilities anywhere in Australia. Please ensure you have identified any existing infrastructure prior to the clearing of any land, excavation, drilling or boring.
Dial 1100 during business hours.
If Before You Dig Australia, or local inspection in the vicinity of your new development indicates we may have existing infrastructure running through it, please engage our Network Integrity team to arrange the relocation of assets prior to the development proceeding.
Call Telstra Network Integrity on 1800 810 443
- Includes the removal, reconstruction, relocation and any other work deemed necessary (by us) for the purposes of protecting our plant and equipment from potential damage from another party, both on public and private property, e.g. Relocation of cable to permit road or public works
- Lead-ins for refurbished or partially demolished buildings, e.g. where facade is retained
- Recovery of a lead-in due to demolition of a premises
- Customer request for relocation of Main Distribution Frame (MDF) and Telstra lead-in cable, where it is associated with building alteration/addition works
- Relocation of lead-In due to refurbishment of a building.
The below documents are intended to provide technical guidance only.
Asbestos handling requirements
We have requirements for developers and their contractors around the handling of asbestos.
Cabling of multi-building residential developments
Cabling of multi-storey residential buildings
Telstra Requirements for Customer MDFs
Installation requirements for customer cabling
Guard Wire Installation Advice
Alteration of Telstra Facilities in Homes and Small Businesses
Telstra Network Termination Device
Telstra Lead In Trenching Requirements
Complete home cabling guide
Essential home cabling information
Lead in cabling
Telstra Smart Modem specifications
Cabling of New Homes for Telstra Velocity FTTP
Your home needs to be wired specifically for the Telstra Velocity services to operate. Telstra cannot guarantee your service delivery if your home has not been wired to the Velocity cabling requirements. Discuss your wiring needs with your builder and make sure your builder is aware that you live in a Telstra Velocity estate.
MDU Information Summary
Combined Utilities Enclosures
Internet and voice will continue to be available on the Opticomm access network after transition. There will be more choice of plans including speeds, as the upgraded network will support speeds of up to 1Gb.
There is no charge for your residents to transition their active service to the upgraded network during the transition program
Free to air TV Free to air TV signals (without antennas will not be impacted. Following transition these services will continue to be delivered your residents over the upgraded network, including for those customers with legacy Telstra network termination devices (NTDs) not transitioned during the upgrade (i.e. inactive voice/broadband customers using the NTDs for Free To Air/Pay TV signals).
The upgraded Opticomm Optical Network Terminal (ONT) does not offer the same configuration as the current Velocity Network Termination Device (NTD), with no PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) port available. PSTN based back to base security systems and PSTN based fire safety alarm systems will no longer be able to be supported following the transition of services to the upgraded Opticomm access network.