Internode hits ADSL2+ milestone

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Internode hits ADSL2+ milestone

Continuing its push to become one of Australia’s dominant broadband players, Internode has installed its own DSLAM equipment in over 100 telephone exchanges.

The South Australia-based ISP has a further 50 exchanges planned for its ADSL2+ rollout schedule.

Simon Hackett, managing director at Internode, said the deployment schedule was being hampered by Telstra.

“Of the 106 exchanges we have equipped with our own DSLAM gear, 10 have limited capacity due to Telstra either restricting access to the exchange or declaring it full,” he said.

Hackett has previously criticised Telstra, arguing the carrier should open up access to its nationwide ADSL2+ network, and arguing that access for competing ISPs is being held up by delays.

Despite the restrictions, Hackett said that Internode remains committed to providing its customers with the best Internet experience possible.

“With our ADSL2+, ADSL1 and Naked ADSL2+ services, we provide customers with a great range of options for Internet access,” he said.

“ADSL2+ delivers the real Internet experience by letting us deliver a full range of rich online applications including our NodePhone voice-over-broadband service, great streaming video and games and business systems such as high-speed tails for our Internode Business Connect (IBC) private IP network.”

The ISP is continuing its partnership with Optus Wholesale to provide its Naked ADSL2+ service across 350 exchanges Australia wide. Naked DSL allows broadband over a dial tone-free phone line, avoiding the monthly line rental charges usuallu required for ADSL broadband.

Internode currently has 45 of its own DSLAM exchanges in its home state of South Australia. NSW has approximately half this with 21 exchanges, followed by the ACT with 13 and Victoria with 12. Queensland, Western Australia and Tasmania trail behind with 10, 3 and 2 respectively.

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