Telstra will launch a new broadband provider in Melbourne on Thursday.
The telco said it would use a new technology to create a new type of fibre optic infrastructure and would be based in Adelaide.
Telstra said the new provider would be a joint venture between Telstra’s existing telecommunications business and a new venture called Telstra Digital.
Telstra says it will offer fibre broadband services in the suburbs of Adelaide and in Melbourne’s outer west.
It has previously said it is not yet ready to commit to a broadband market in Australia, although it is committed to investing in the nation’s network.
“It’s an important step forward in providing a high-speed broadband service for our customers across Australia, with the opportunity to establish a new national network with the highest speed, capacity and quality for our users,” Telstra said in a statement.
Its announcement follows a string of other announcements, including plans to build a fibre optic network in Sydney and an existing fibre network in the inner-west.
Earlier this month, Telstra announced it would expand its broadband network to cover the entire Australian population by 2021.
The telco’s broadband business will now be known as Telstra Communications Group Limited.