Broadband provider iiNet has announced plans to spend AUD15 million on extending its ADSL2+ coverage to an extra four million households, 90% of metropolitan Australia. iiNet is deploying digital subscriber line access multiplexers (DSLAMs) in the exchanges of incumbent telco Telstra. ‘The AUD15 million will be invested to install an additional 150 new DSLAMs in exchanges across Australia by January 2007,’ iiNet chief executive Michael Malone told the Age.
At the end of 2005 iiNet had 70,000 customers connected to 200 of its own exchanges, and it expects 75% of its users to be using DSLAM-based services by May 2006. In February 2005 the company introduced ADSL2+ via DSLAM under the banner ‘iibroadband2+’, becoming the first operator to offer connections at speeds of up to 8Mbps.