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iiNet claims “first place in fibre”

ISP iiNet says it has connected more than 10,000 customers to fibre to the Home (FTTH) broadband across Australia, surpassing the total number of FTTH customers connected to the NBN.

iiNet’s Chief Executive Officer Michael Malone says that more than 8,000 iiNet Group customers are connected to high-speed FTTH broadband via iiNet’s TransACT and Internode networks and wholesale services, and that a further 2,700 are connected through the NBN.

iiNet calls itself “the leading challenger in Australia’s communications industry” and which is the second largest DSL ISP (after Telstra). Malone, one of the industry’s more tireless self-promoters, said iiNet’s recent acquisitions and growth have positioned the company to be the leader in FTTH broadband in Australia.

“We’re all about upgrading the lives of our customers and giving them access to innovative products backed up by our award-winning customer service. When it comes to FTTH, we’re using every opportunity to connect as many Australians as we can to the best internet around,” he said.

“The number of residential customers connected by the iiNet Group also surpasses the number of Australian homes connected to Fibre by any other provider. As well as delivering super-fast broadband to more people than are connected to FTTH through the NBN, we’re now the largest provider of FTTH services in the country.”

Read More: http://www.itwire.com/business-it-news/networking/57650-iinet-claims-%E2%80%9Cfirst-place-in-fibre%E2%80%9D

Telstra’s Adam buy will boost competition, say Hackett & Malone

Telstra’s controversial move to acquire South Australian ISP Adam Internet would actually increase competition in the state, iiNet chief executive Michael Malone and Internode founder Simon Hackett said yesterday, despite concerns from Adam Internet customers about the deal.

Telstra’s dominant position in Australia’s broadband market, owing to its historical nature as a vertically integrated telecommunications monopoly, has largely prevented it over the past decade from acquiring smaller players in the sector. However, yesterday the telco announced plans to acquire one of the few smaller players left in the Australian market, South Australia’s Adam Internet. The move will effectively consolidate the state’s broadband market into just three players; Telstra, iiNet (which also owns Internode, which had a strong base in the state) and Optus, which has a strong national presence. It’s not clear to what extent Australia’s fourth major player, TPG, has a presence in the state.

However, according to Malone and Hackett, the move shouldn’t be blocked by authorities such as the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission, which does have the power to query the transaction on competition grounds. “I don’t believe it should be blocked. To the contrary, I think this will be great for competition in South Australia,” Malone said in response to an emailed query. And Hackett added: “We wouldn’t seek to block the transaction (even if we were asked, and I don’t especially expect that we will be).”

Hackett said Adam, with its estimated 90,000 broadband customers, didn’t add a great deal of size to “the Telstra empire” in the larger scheme of things (Telstra is estimated to have about 2.6 million ADSL broadband customers). “But I do believe it’ll polarise competition in SA in a good way, because now there is new and clear point of difference between the traditional rivals in South Australia: Internode and Adam,” the Internode founder, who now sits on iiNet’s board, added.

Read More http://delimiter.com.au/2012/10/25/telstras-adam-buy-will-boost-competition-say-hackett-malone/

Telstra to rollout low cost internet

Telstra Corporation (ASX: TLS) appears to be making a play for low price internet customers, with its purchase today of budget internet provider, Adam Internet, for a reported $60 million.

Telstra plans to support Adam Internet to expand nationally, and the brand will be run as a stand-alone subsidiary of the company. Adam Internet currently has an estimated 90,000 broadband customers, and the acquisition meets Telstra’s strategy of retaining and growing customers, while building growth businesses.

The purchase came as a surprise to many, with most of the mergers and acquisitions in the IT and telecommunications sector coming from second tier companies like TPG Telecom (ASX: TPM) and iiNet Limited (ASX: IIN). Yesterday, Telstra announced a new retail alliance with Boost Mobile, a provider of pre-paid mobile products and services. Boost Mobile will market its products on the Telstra network from early next year, after Optus – owned by Singapore Telecommunications (ASX: SGT) announced that it would no longer licence services to Boost Mobile.

Read More: http://www.fool.com.au/2012/10/investing/telstra-to-rollout-low-cost-internet/

Internode acquisition sends iiNet to third top ISP

 

$105 Million. That is the price tag that iiNet paid to snap up a pre-boxing day bargain and catapult the respective ISP into Australia’s third largest Internet Service Provider position.

 

The 190,000 customer transaction also brings the iiNet broadband customer base close to 900,000 subscribers (15.5% market share) which is only about 100,000 behind Optus who sits on 1 million.

 

Internode now joins an impressive list of Telecommunication acquisitions that iiNet have made in the past 18 months that includes the likes of TransACT for $60 million, Netspace for $40m and the consumer customer base of AAPT for $60m. We have at one time or another compared all of these brands at Youcompare.

 

This latest purchase also appears to be a very timely and strategic move. One that not only has been brought about to strengthen iiNet’s position for the inception of the NBN, moreover a move that could also fend off a possible takeover from rival Telco TPG.

Internode launch Naked ADSL2+ Broadband Plans

For those who don’t use the home phone much and wish to avoid separate line rental, or prefer to adopt VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) as a home phone replacement, then Internode’s new Naked ADSL2+ plans could be the right Broadband choice for you. Broadband Guide is pleased to announce new listings that include Internode’s new Naked ADSL2+ Broadband Plans on to our site.


The new Internode Naked DSL products on Broadband Guide are the first plans that don’t include a mandatory VoIP bundle, therefore if you intend to use VoIP you have the freedom to join the VoIP Provider of your choice (even if it is Internode). Having the line rental included into the new naked plans means that you could automatically save anywhere between $20-$30 each month just by replacing your traditional home phone service.


Check out and compare Internode Naked ADSL2+ Broadband Plans here at Broadband Guide and make sure you calculate in the difference that your monthly home phone services usually entail. With Naked DSL prices from Internode starting at $59.95 per month, Connection Speeds of 20Mbps down & 820Kbps up, along with Usage Limits starting at 5GB (excess data shaped), it’s easy to see why Internode has become a leading player in the Australian Telecommunications Industry and with Broadband enthusiasts alike.


Internode ‘Home-Naked’ Broadband Plans

Agile select Airspan WiMax Broadband Wireless Technology

Internode’s Broadband Internet Carrier ‘Agile Communications’ has just recently acquired Airspan’s WiMAX Wireless 3.4 GHz base station equipment to provide high speed wireless broadband access across regions of Australia.


Over a 6 month period last year, Agile conducted wireless testing over 15,000 square kilometers using the 3.4 & 5.8 GHz Wireless WiMAX technology in South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula and Coorong regions. It’s understood that Internode, using the Government’s “Australian Broadband Guarantee” initiative, will commence selling WiMAX Broadband Internet Plans & Products soon.


“Airspan’s broad coverage MicroMAX system is well suited for Internode’s needs. In the wide-ranging testing carried out, we have confirmed the reliability of the MicroMAX system to cover the terrain necessary to reach our end users. With speeds exceeding 6 mbp/s at distances of 30km and greater, this proven performance is paramount to providing service under the Australian Broadband Guarantee program,” said Internode managing director Simon Hackett.

“The Australian WiMAX market continues to gain momentum and we are pleased that Airspan has been there from the beginning with a regional presence through our fully owned incorporated subsidiary, Airspan Networks Pty Ltd, based in Sydney,” said Grant Stepa, Airspan’s Managing Director & Vice President Australasia.


Read the entire article at Broadband Wireless Exchange Magazine

Internode’s Simon Hackett on Broadband 2008

Simon Hackett, who is the Managing Director of ISP ‘Internode’, has gone on record with a very interesting outlook for Broadband in 2008. Simon is somewhat of a figurehead for Broadband enthusiasts and those frustrated by the amazingly high cost of such at the local Broadband Forum hangouts.

In a recent article, Simon has boldly stated that it may be the end of the road for Telstra chief ‘Sol Tujillo’, says the Government’s Fibre-to-the-Node project will not be realized before the year is out, along with suggesting that regular Australians aren’t fussed by not having lightning fast high speed Broadband, it’s the high expense that they have to pay for Broadband that buoy their annoyances.

Although Simon may have an ‘underdog’ type attitude that’s admired by many, it’s worth pointing out that he is a businessman also, so he must keep the best interests of Internode as a priority. In saying that though, his latest comments could be that of a frustrated Managing Director of a smaller ISP, but then again, they’re probably no different from your average current Australian Broadband consumer. At the end of the day they’re both fed up of the constrictions placed upon them by Telstra’s Anti Competitive nature and exorbitant pricing along with the Government’s bureaucracy and failure to act on the current stagnant state of Broadband and it’s regulatory conditions in this country.

“By this time next year fibre-to-the-node will not have happened and it’s my hope that the Government may realise that how to do FTTN is the wrong question and whether to do it at all is the right one.

“The problem isn’t faster internet, it’s actually more available low-cost internet, because more than half the people in Australia don’t use the full speed they could buy now because it costs too much.

“I get the sense that Sol may have got about as far as he can get with things here and he may want to head off and do new and more exciting things,”

Read the entire article at AustralianIT.com.au

Internode to boost Broadband value with Cable deal

Australian Broadband ISP enthusiast’s favorite ‘Internode’ have announced another International Cable Internet deal, this time with Southern Cross Cable Network (SCCN). This latest agreement should significantly bolster Internode’s Broadband Services capacity to a level that may rival Australia’s other two major Telco’s ‘Telstra’ and ‘Optus’.


The 5 year deal with SCCN comes off the back of another recent cable deal struck with Pipe Networks (PPC-1) that’s expected to commence early next year. Internode’s Managing Director ‘Simon Hackett’ stated that Internode customers will reep benefits later on this year as new Broadband capacity will improve their ‘bang for buck’ download value.


“We expect that the deployment of this new Southern Cross capacity will allow us to improve our download ‘bang for buck’ later in 2008,”


“The price of broadband has been held rather high by Telstra and Optus, so having Internode in the picture adds a competitive element,”


“Long term contracts like the one between Internode and SCCN gets everyone nervous and creates a better environment for Internode to sign better deals.”


Read the entire article at ITNews.com.au

Internode ‘Please Explain’ Telstra ADSL2+ plans

With the recent news of Telstra enabling a further 900 Exchanges with ADSL2+ access, also comes doubt over the legality behind the ‘regulatory guarantee’ that Senator Conroy has granted to Telstra.


Managing Director of Internode ‘Simon Hackett’ claims that after making enquiries with respective agencies in regards to the recent announcement, he is puzzled by the legalities behind the guarantee. He’s also suggested that the Federal Government publish the precise contents behind the guarantee with Telstra along with a legal explanation.


“Years of precedent and practice (multiple Competition Notices) have made it clear that where Telstra offers a monopoly retail broadband service, they are required to offer it at wholesale, and at an access price that is tenable


“All existing BigPond Retail services are offered as a wholesale access version to the market in accordance with the above


“So if Telstra has been ‘guaranteed’ not to be required to be good wholesale citizens, what is to stop them withdrawing from the entire wholesale ADSL market – at all speeds, in all exchanges, nationally?,”


“And how, on earth, is the resulting rise in access cost for the 50% of non-BigPond ADSL consumers (as BigPond are the most expensive retail DSL provider in the market) going to be in the long term interests of those end users?


Read the entire article at APCMag.com

Internode commence WiMAX roll out

Internode has just announced a hyper leap into Wireless Broadband which involves expanding their Broadband network into regional South Australia using WiMAX technology. Taking advantage of the Australian Federal Government’s Broadband Guarantee (ABG) initiative, Internode have started connecting those in rural and remote regions (who live too far from any ADSL based exchange) up to WiMAX Wireless Broadband. Using a network of 10 base stations on a 3.4Ghz licenced spectrum, Internode is pumping out Wireless Broadband Speeds that measure up to 6 Megabits per second over distances of 30kms away in South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula.

Internode’s WiMAX network on the Yorke Peninsula is delivering real-world wireless broadband speeds as fast as six megabits per second up to 30km from its base stations.

Internode’s first commercial WiMAX customer, farmer Ted Buttfield, who was connected to the Internode network on Monday, January 21, said Internode’s WiMAX broadband service was terrific. “Compared to the dial-up service we’ve had until now, it is wonderful,” he said.


“With good line of sight, we are achieving speeds as fast as six megs per second at distances up to 30km from the base station. This is not a theoretical result – it’s a real world outcome.


Check out Internode’s current Broadband Plan listing right here at Broadband Guide.

Source: Internode News & Media

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