The National Broadband Network (NBN) may eventually render copper networks obsolete but iiNet will continue its current level of investment into its ADSL2+ infrastructure.
At the iiNet Open Day in Perth, the ISP’s NBN product manager, Gary Chappell, took questions from the public regarding the company’s plans as the $36 billion network is gradually rolled out.
While he conceded DSLAMs - the backend equipment that facilitates ADSL2+ services - will eventually become obsolete, they will remain relevant for quite some time as the NBN rollout will take many more years.
“It’s going to take a while to get everybody off the DSLAM and we’re not planning to move everybody off on day one,” Chappell said.
iiNet will continue to build in more DSLAMs according to demand for ADSL2+ services, he said.
“We look at every site individually and if we have customer growth there we will need to upgrade the DSLAMs there,” Chappell said. “It’s business as usual for us.”
iiNet has over 500 DSLAMs installed across Australia.
Telstra has also committed to investing in its ADSL2+ infrastructure. The telco announced its plans to deploy ‘top hat’ technology which will make rolling out ADSL2+ service to fixed-line broadband deprived premises much faster.