Internode eyes Annex to double upload speeds

Internode is approaching the last hurdle of an Australian Communications Industry Forum (ACIF) approval that, once finalized, will allow the Internet service provider to double broadband upload speeds.

"The next process could be over within a couple of weeks if everything goes according to plan, but in reality it would probably be a couple months to make sure administrative processes go through and that there are no complications with Telstra services," said Internode strategic development manager, John Lindsay.

The gains in upload speed would be made possible through the deployment of Annex M, an International Telecommunications Union standard that doubles the upload speed of ADSL2+ broadband networks.

Annex M increases upload speeds from 1Mbps to 2.5 Mbps, Lindsay said.

The ACIF-led negotiation process ensures all affected parties (such as Telstra), have their say in the development process and to ensure existing services aren't disrupted. Once discussions have been completed, ACIF will issue a recommendation to the Australian Communications and Media Authority for the allowance of a public trial.

At this point, any service provider would be able participate in the deployment of Annex M, if they have the technology to support it.

"We are at the practical testing stage to see what it's like in the wild and once the draft recommendation goes through we will start to deploy on a larger scale and make sure it does not interfere with Telstra's other services," Lindsay said.

He added that Internode was well positioned to lead the way for the increased upload speeds as the provider had designed its network from the ground up to support Annex M.

"We've taken the step to make it happen and we have the first-mover advantage, but anyone who has ADSL2+ DSLAM equipment that is technically capable of providing the service will be able to offer it as well," he said.

Lindsay said the upgrade would be "key" for businesses that operate over intranet servers and would make virtual workplaces much easier and more affordable to set up and maintain.