Internode is upgrading its Cisco core and edge Internet equipment in preparation for a national rollout of its ADSL2+ services to accommodate the growing demand for voice and video over IP.
The ISP has purchased two Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches and its sixth Cisco GSR 12000 Series router.
Internode managing director, Simon Hackett, said the new 12000 series router would enable simultaneous high-speed private networks for business and public Internet access as well as extra functionality through Multi-protocol Label Switching which will allow voice, video and data traffic over a single pipe.
"2007 may well be the year of volume deployment of truly high-speed ADSL broadband in Australia," Hackett said. "We are finally entering a year where the majority of broadband customers can start to see something approaching 'real' broadband."
One of the core applications to be enabled by 'real' broadband will be the introduction of high quality IPTV services.
Internode hoped to launch IPTV services once it had an appropriate economic model and suitable content access deals, Hackett said. Plans for the delivery model are yet to be announced.
"From a technical perspective, we would love to have it all up and running but the quality of content is not yet there," carrier relations manager, John Lindsay, said. "We have devised strategies for delivery of IPTV; that's the easy part. It's getting the content in a way that is economically viable that is the challenging bit."