iPrimus: We connected first NBN customer, not Internode

Internode has hooked up its first Tasmanian NBN customer but iPrimus claims to have beaten it to the punch.

Internode has hooked up its first National Broadband Network (NBN) customer in Tasmania but iPrimus claims it connected the NBN’s first Australian customer.

The South Australia-based ISP is the first to release a public statement regarding its NBN customer connection.

Internode may have connected its first customer but the first customer in Australia was connected by iPrimus,” iPrimus CEO, Ravi Bhatia, said. “We did it yesterday or the day before."

iPrimus didn’t make the news public because rules from NBN Tasmania prevented it from releasing the information, according to Bhatia.

Internode has released a statement about lighting up its first NBN service for a Tasmanian customer.

Robert Pettman, a senior IT technician, had his Internode service made live at 5pm on the first of July. He lives at Midway Point, one of the first sites laid with fibre during the Tasmanian NBN rollout.

Pettman was glad to receive a major speed increase compared to his previous 1.5Mbps ADSL service.

“I’ve done speed tests and have seen a few peaks of 80Mbps, although it mostly hovers around 50Mbps, which is what I ordered,” he said in a statement.

IPTV is now what the Tasmanian technician is looking forward to and he plans to buy a home theatre system with Internet connectivity settings to stream YouTube videos on a television.

Pettman applied for the Internode service in June.

iiNet, the other ISP signed on to supply Tasmanian NBN services, was unable to not provide a comment at the time of publication.

ARN will continue to provide updates throughout the day.

UPDATE: iiNet disappointed with NBN customer publicity.

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