iiNet has ramped up its broadband services in eight new areas, mostly regional communities.
The ISP is rolling out its own DSLAM network equipment to Campbelltown, Coffs Harbour and Wollongong in NSW, Mooloolaba, Caloundra and Toowoomba in Queensland, Geelong in Victoria and Bunbury in WA. The expansion will see existing iiNet users upgraded to faster broadband at no extra cost.
Infrastructure installation in exchanges is expected to be completed by June 2010. Once finalised, the company will have more than 330 DSLAMs across Australia. According to iiNet, the development was made possible by “new competitive backhaul transmissions provided by Optus”.
“The key issue for us, particularly in regional Australia, has always been the availability of competitive backhaul,” iiNet CEO, Michael Malone, said in a statement. “Where that exists, we are always open to investing to add to our network so more Australians can have the option of choosing faster, more affordable broadband.”
Malone further added that the Federal Government’s Regional Backbone Blackspots Program should open more regional locations for iiNet to explore.