Australian ISP Internode has revealed plans to invest AUD3.5 million (USD2.7 million) to expand its high speed internet service in rural regions. The company is deploying Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexers (DSLAMs) in the exchanges of fixed line incumbent Telstra augmented with solar-powered microwave radio towers to provide broadband services to more than 80,000 people in 42,000 square kilometres of the Central Local Government Region stretching from Adelaide’s northern fringe to the Flinders Ranges.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, Internode first deployed its solar-powered broadband solution to provide coverage to the 6,000 strong population of South Australia’s Coorong District in September 2006. It upgraded exchanges in Coorong’s major towns Meningie, Tailem Bend, Coonalpyn and Tintinara to ADSL2+, and built 17 microwave radio towers to offer wireless broadband access to smaller townships and on farms. The system was part funded by the regional government. Internode plans to expand its rural broadband infrastructure to cover the Riverland, the Murraylands and other large areas of South Australia in the next twelve months.