In what is claimed to be an industry first, Netspace will supply broadband equipment specialist, NetComm with customised 4-port modems as part of a standard broadband package.
The customised deal between carrier and equipment supplier means a better value offer for customers, said Netspace managing director, Stuart Marburg.
Netspace will continue to give new broadband customers the NetComm Ethernet NB 1300+4 ADSL modem. However, the new deal means the modem will carry the Netspace brand, and the previous $25 surcharge will be scrapped.
“In contrast to other broadband providers, Netspace has deliberately moved away from the cheap-as-chips single-port USB modems in favour of a 4-port Ethernet modem, recognising the future needs of customers for home networking and convergence,” said Marburg.
Marburg said the colour red was chosen because of the increased importance technology will play in the home, and because consumers want equipment that looks good. He stressed, however, that aesthetic considerations did not come at the expense of quality service or value.
“By signing a contract with a respected Australian equipment supplier, we can offer customers quality equipment with our brand name on it. We haven’t simply gone and got a cheap no-name product and whacked our logo on it.”
NetComm has been Netspace’s exclusive supplier of modems, wireless networking and network cards since September 2003. The agreement is worth an estimated $2 million annually.