Optus has announced its wholesale ADSL2+ network, which will allow ISPs to offer 24Mbit Internet speeds, will be available in the fourth quarter of this year.
Exetel, iSeek and Internode have been participating in a business readiness testing program of the service since July. Additional ISPs have been involved in the testing, while a number of others have been in discussions with Optus about potential wholesale agreements.
In a statement, acting managing director of Optus wholesale, David Katz, said the new service would provide an alternative to the incumbent's Local Call Resale service. However, another Optus spokesperson declined to comment on whether the availability of its ADSL2+ wholesale network would prompt Telstra to boost the rollout of its own ADSL2+ services.
"Optus wholesale can provide full featured telephony services over Optus owned infrastructure," Katz said. "The network will provide improved performance and fast broadband speeds to other telcos to on-sell to their residential customers."
In an offer exclusive to wholesale customers, Optus has also rolled out an in-house IT system that allows ISPs to automatically provision services, including ULL telephony and ADSL2+ services. Using a Web or B2B interface, wholesale customers will be able to access customer data, including information from the DSLAM port card and copper lines, in real-time.
The Optus spokesperson said it was flexible in providing whatever the wholesale customer wanted to have; whether it was voice, data or both bundled. The spokesperson would not disclose wholesale pricing, saying it would be a confidential arrangement with ISPs.
Optus has rolled out 148 exchanges, with 30,000 customers using its Optus Direct ADSL2+ services on the ULL network.