ISP, Internode, has turned up the heat on broadband in Alice Springs, offering ADSL2+ services in competition with Telstra.
Leveraging new communications infrastructure deployed by Nextgen Networks, it has installed its own Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexer (DSLAM) equipment in the Alice Springs telephone exchange.
It’s a major milestone for Alice Springs as Internode is the first competitive ADSL2+ provider to deliver alternative ADSL2+ services to those offered by Telstra.
Internode customers can choose from large data quota plans (– from 200GB to 1TB) and access new services such as IPv6, Annex M and Naked ADSL2+.
The company’s entry-level Easy Broadband XS plan delivers ADSL2+ broadband with a 30GB data quota from $29.95 a month whereas the previous entry-level plan, an Easy Reach service with a 5GB data quota, cost from $39.95 a month.
These prices are based on the cost of an Internode broadband service when it is bundled with a NodeLine telephone line.
Internode product manager, Jim Kellet,t said Internode’s new services would deliver “positive outcomes” to the local community. “Internode today unleashes true broadband competition in Alice Springs,” he said.
In addition to the Alice Springs launch, Internode is well advanced in the deployment of its own DSLAM equipment into four Darwin exchange service areas (Darwin, Casuarina, Nightcliff and Palmerston).
Internode has been able to install its own DSLAM equipment in Alice Springs due to the Nextgen backhaul capacity, which has significantly reduced the cost of transferring data between the Alice and Internode’s core network, in Adelaide and on the east coast.
The new Nextgen fibre-optic cable connects Alice Springs with Tarcoola in SA, where it interconnects with a major fibre-optic cable between Adelaide and Perth.