Leveraging new communications infrastructure deployed through the Regional Backbone Blackspots Program (RBBP), Internode has installed its own DSLAM (Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexer) equipment in Victor Harbor. This high performance equipment gives Internode customers access to its affordable large data quota plans and also provides them with new services such as Internode Fetch TV.
For its customers, Internode’s broadband upgrade delivers major improvements in value including:
Internode’s new equipment also delivers greatly improved value-for-money: Internode’s entry-level Easy Broadband XS plan delivers ADSL2+ broadband with a 30GB data quota for from $29.95 a month whereas the previous entry-level plan, an ADSL service with a 5GB data quota, cost from $39.95 a month. Also, for the first time, Naked ADSL2+ services are now available in Victor Harbor.
Due to the RBBP backhaul capacity, Internode is upgrading its link to an existing Internode DSLAM in Mount Barker, will enable broadband in the nearby town of Strathalbyn in the near future and will connect up a DSLAM that it is constructing in Goolwa, another south coast town. The RBBP infrastructure also enables Internode to examine the feasibility of providing services in several other towns in the region.
The $250 million RBBP is an Australian Government initiative that aims to deliver competitive wholesale backbone services to underserved regional markets. Wholesale carrier Nextgen Networks is designing, building and managing these new backbone transmission links on behalf of the Federal Government.
The new RBBP fibre-optic cable connects Victor Harbor, Strathalbyn and Goolwa with Mt Barker, where it interconnects with a major backhaul communication link between Adelaide and Victoria.
Internode managing director Simon Hackett said the RBBP would deliver "positive outcomes" to local communities. "This new RBBP link unleashes true broadband competition on the south coast," he said.
"The competitively-priced backhaul service created by the RBBP enables Internode to deliver its best performance and most affordable ADSL2+ plans to the people of Victor Harbor, Strathalbyn and Goolwa."
"The great news is that this is just the start. Internode fully expects to undertake more ADSL2+ deployments in other parts of the overall RBBP project area: This is just what we’ve committed to so far."
"We would love to see further RBBP projects undertaken in the future."
In addition to the Victor Harbor RBBP project, Internode is already deploying its own DSLAM equipment at other RBBP locations nationally, including Alice Springs, Darwin, Nightcliff and Palmerston in the NT.