SingTel Optus, Australia’s second largest fixed line and broadband provider, has inked its first deal to provide wholesale ADSL2+ services over its new next generation network (NGN). Optus will provide telephony and high speed internet access to ISP Exetel, which currently utilises the wholesale products of incumbent Telstra to provide services to 46,000 business, government and residential customers. The services will be delivered by Optus’ AUD150 million (USD110 million) NGN, which is currently being tested ahead of a planned commercial launch later this year. Optus says it will eventually offer ADSL2+ broadband to around 2.9 million homes and businesses. Exetel has also inked a wholesale agreement with network operator Powertel as part of its plans to offer all its services independent of Telstra by the end of the year.