iiNet Plans Another 150 Exchanges
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Perth-based ISP and VoIP provider, iiNet is planning to add another 150 exchanges to the 200 or so already equipped with its own DSLAMs.

The new deployment will cost the country’s third largest ISP a total of $15 million but ill extend its SADSL2+ network to within range of 90 per cent of the country’s metropolitan population.

This will mean that more than 4 million households will be able to access DSL broadband at speeds up to 24 Mbps, far beyond the rates available from BigPond or its wholesale partners.

iiNet CEO Michael Malone told WA Business: “In addition to the $15million investment, we will be investing in alternative dark fibre backhaul infrastructure with PIPE Networks, a leading provider of telecommunications infrastructure. This dual supplier strategy will deliver lower cost backhaul transmission, with unlimited bandwidth for a fixed price, and significantly increased capacity for future bandwidth demand.

“The continued investment in the development of our next generation ADSL2+ network reduces our dependence on Telstra wholesale services with the end benefit to our customers of faster broadband speeds and greater reliability,” said Malone.

“This announcement, which comes hot on the heels of the activation of the 200th DSLAM in Queanbeyan, New South Wales, demonstrates our commitment to the expansion of our next generation ADSL2+ network, to offer the fastest broadband speeds possible to Australian households,” he said.