Australian broadband provider Internode is to buck the general telecoms market trend by actually increasing its workforce in the coming weeks. A boom in the take up of high speed internet services means the Adelaide-based operator is looking to fill 30 vacancies to take its head count past the 200 mark, more than double the number of staff it had just twelve months ago.
Founded as a corporate IT services provider by local entrepreneur Simon Hackett in 1991, Internode now provides a range of services to both business and residential users via ADSL, Wi-Fi and dial-up (PSTN and ISDN). Its main focus continues to be as a business solutions provider and its corporate services include Wide Area Networks (WANs), business continuity solutions, remote access services, server co-location, corporate messaging, managed and dedicated web hosting, domain name hosting and infrastructure solutions over fibre, copper, laser, microwave and radio transmission systems. Internode launched residential DSL services in February 2002 and now markets its household offerings under the Home and SOHO banners. It does not disclose subscriber figures, saying only that it signed up its 50,000th broadband customer in the fourth quarter of last year; there were 2.785 million high speed internet subscribers in the country at the end of 2005.