South Australia-based ISP, Internode, is installing a point-of-presence (PoP) in Darwin, Northern Territory.
The aim is to bring lower broadband service prices and faster speeds to the NT capital.
PoPs are key data exchange sites between customer and broadband networks where a particular ISP installs network equipment. In Internode’s case, it will be putting the equipment in an existing datacentre.
Internode has a total of 10 PoPs in Australia: One each in Perth, Hobart, Canberra and Brisbane while Adelaide and Melbourne have two each.
“Internode customers are the direct beneficiaries when Internode installs its own equipment in Darwin Telephone exchanges,” Internode managing director, Simon Hackett, said in a statement.
Another benefit of the PoP is it will encourage other ISPs to compete in the area and provide better value to customers, he said.
The PoP is expected to be completed by Q1 of 2012.
Internode’s existing investments in the NT include the already operational Alice Springs ADSL2+ DSLAM service, and the completed construction of four ADSL2+ DSLAM deployments around the Darwin area, which will go live as soon as backhaul connections to Adelaide and Brisbane are completed by NextGen Networks, currently scheduled for next month.