Perth-based ISP, iiNet, has signed its first lot of customers on its National Broadband Network (NBN) fibre plans in Tasmania.
A spokesperson for iiNet could not disclose how many customers it has signed up. The ISP has been on the ground in Tasmania to directly promote the fibre plans to residents.
iiNet, Internode and iPrimus are the first ISPs to be on-board for the $43 billion fibre-to-the-premise (FTTP) network. An NBN rollout in Tasmania began in mid-last year but the service has yet to be switched on.
iiNet chief, Michael Malone, said in a statement he expected to connect customers as soon as Tasmanian NBNCo was ready to “flick the switch”. This is due sometime before July, according to the iiNet spokesperson.
The first fibre rollout spots in Tasmania, including 4000 premises in Midway Point, Smithton and Scottsdale will get first dibs in the ISP’s NBN service. iiNet is also gearing up for a snail mail marketing blitz in the next few weeks.
Customers signing up on iiNet’s NBN service before September 30 can have their setup fee waived if they connect on a 24 month contract.
NBNCo chairman, Mike Quigley, revealed last month Internode, iPrimus and iiNet will pay a one-off $300 fee per premises connected rather than a monthly fee in the Tasmanian rollout of the NBN.
The pricing applies until July 2011.