Bellvista residents still have to put up with copper lines and ADSL for those residents who can get on a port. There are still some residents in Bellvista who are unable to connect to the internet via ADSL in this the 21st century. Bellvista residents will not see NBN access for around another 3 years!
On the Bellvista estate, customers are connected via numerous “Rims” or Telstra boxes scattered about the estate which provide connections for houses in an area. These boxes usually have the letters CA and some numbers beside them.
Recently a group of workers was spotted working on the oldest Rim in Bellvista, CA100 situated near O’Reilly Drive and Maroon Crt. It was being upgraded with extra ports and extra capacity so residents should see an increase in speed and a drop in congestion. It will be upgraded to ADSL2+ according to the workers who were installing the new equipment. The upgrade is called “tophatting” and upgraded rims can be recognized with a new section on top of the old box.
The workers commented that this sort of upgrade occurs following numerous requests or complaints from customers to Telstra regarding poor internet connections, congestion and slow internet speeds.
The physical upgrade has been completed, verification or testing will occur next week with the improved service possibly being available to residents who are attached to that Rim sometime during the week beginning Monday Feb 22nd.
There is nothing official just yet, just informal information supplied by the team doing the upgrade. BeCA was told the box CA100 will be renumbered and include a letter “G” when the upgrade has been completed and any upgraded service is in use.