WestNet heads east
Western Australia based ISP, WestNet, is heading east after a deal was reached with Telstra Wholesale. The companies have announced a deal for the increased supply of DSL Layer 2 Internet Grade and MegapPoP that will expand WestNet’s DSL offerings to home and business customers throughout mainland Australia from the end of August. WestNet’s managing director, Peter Brown, claimed the company was now amongst the top 20 largest ISPs in Australia. He said the boost to service capability enabled it to take full advantage of broadband market growth around Australia. WestNet will launch its DSL service offerings in NSW, Queensland, Victoria, NT and SA by the end of August 2003.
Japan tops Asian broadband league
Japan is now number one in Asia in terms of the total number of broadband subscriptions, according to the latest official statistics from several countries. Japan had 8.5 million DSL subscribers at the end of July, representing an increase of 284,000 on the prior month The total number of broadband users is more than 11 million, about 10,000 more than South Korea. Another Asian country with a large and fast-growing broadband user base is China. According to latest figures from the China Internet Network Information Centre, it had 9.8 million users at the end of June — a rise of more than 50 per cent since the beginning of the year. However, South Korea still leads in terms of broadband penetration due to its smaller total population. Korea has about 48 million people compared to Japan’s population of 125 million. The market is being driven by aggressive promotions from ISPs eager to push optical services as a replacement for DSL.