Verizon Internet Service provider AT&F has released a new service called the Universal Login service which will require Australians to provide a username and password when signing up for internet access.
In addition to requiring the username and passwords, the new service will also require Australians who are signed up for a new AT&P mobile or wireless internet service to provide their phone number and the password to access the service.
Australians will still be able to use a SIM card and be able connect to their new ATA account at any time.
AT&t says that in addition to preventing Australians from accessing their own data, the service is also a security measure as it will only allow Australians to access AT&ts services and content at a set speed, not at any other speed.
This service will be available to customers in Australia, but not in the US or the UK.
“AT&T is proud to be an international leader in providing the most advanced mobile internet services and we are excited to be working with the Australian Government to offer universal login to the Australian population,” said AT&f President and CEO John J. Donahoe in a statement.
“This new service is designed to provide Australians access to AT&Ts international mobile network, AT’s high-speed internet service and other services, and to provide an opportunity for Australians to log into AT&s internet services at a time and location of their choosing.”
Australians can access the Universal login service from December 22, but can only log into the service if they are signed in to a AT&n account.
Users will have the option of using a SIM, and will be able log into their AT&g account at a rate of up to 6Mbps and up to 4GB of data per month.
It’s unclear whether this service will have a similar speed cap as the one on AT&tg and the US government’s AT& t service.
The new service has a cap of 5Mbps, and AT&cts website lists a 10Mbps limit.
AT & t’s service is available to Australian customers and AT &t’s website does not list any restrictions on the service’s speeds.
Australian ISPs have been under pressure to release more details about the new Universal login, as they are facing a raft of complaints from customers, as well as the Federal Government.
In May, AT &ts network experienced a huge outage as the US Government issued a blanket ban on internet access from AT&tc premises, as part of the ‘Unbreakable Cyber Security’ scheme.
ATi has also faced criticism for its lack of transparency on the issue.
ATia also faces similar criticism for not disclosing the details of the service, which was launched earlier this year.