Australian alternative broadband provider Internode has announced the launch of its first ADSL2+ DSLAM in the Northern Territory, according to local news source iTech Report. The operator has reportedly begun offering services over its own exchange equipment in the Alice Springs region, and it has said that further expansion is planned, with deployment of DSLAMs already understood to be underway in suburbs of Darwin, Nightcliff, Palmerston and Casuarina. No timeframe for the expansion of the network has been unveiled however. The move will allow Internode to offer an increased number of potential customers its ‘Easy Broadband’ and ‘Easy Naked’ broadband tariffs, which are cheaper than ‘Easy Reach’, the high speed internet service it offers nationwide using fixed line incumbent Telstra as its wholesale partner. Indeed, Internode had recently been criticised for increasing the cost of its Easy Reach tariff last month, after the alternative operator revealed that it planned to switch out-of-contract customers to the higher-cost plans; Internode argued that the changes to pricing were necessary on the back of what it claimed was a ‘price squeeze’ as a result of Telstra’s wholesale pricing.