Adelaide-based ISP Internode has committed to rolling out its SDSL and ADSL services into regional South Australia, which it will use as a testing ground for what could become a national broadband network.
Internode has just completed the state-wide expansion of its broadband services, enabling customers to maintain always-on access to the Internet without tying up phone lines.
According to Internode, the company is South Australia's first local ISP to begin a regional broadband rollout, with ADSL and SDSL services currently available in Mt Gambier, Millicent, Penola, Port Pirie, Whyalla and Port Lincoln.
By Christmas, Internode hopes to extend its broadband coverage to other regional centres, such as Naracoorte, Port Augusta, Murray Bridge, Gawler, Goolwa, Greenwith, Strathalbyn, Victor Harbour, Kadina, Tununda and Berri. This is in addition to its current Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne broadband coverage areas.
"We'll be using our SA regional broadband extension as a test case to determine how far we extend in other regional areas throughout the country," said Internode managing director Simon Hackett.