A Point of Presence (PoP) describes the network facilities and equipment that Internode installs at major points in its national and international networks as key locations where data is exchanged between those networks and customers. Internode currently operates 10 PoPs: in Perth, Adelaide (2), Melbourne (2), Hobart, Canberra, Sydney (2), and Brisbane. The Darwin PoP will complete Internode's national footprint.
Internode managing director Simon Hackett said the company's Darwin PoP would deliver significant benefits to the local community. "Everyone wins," he said.
"Internode customers are the direct beneficiaries when Internode installs its own equipment in Darwin telephone exchanges. However, the corollary benefit of greater competition is that other service providers are encouraged to offer better value to their customers."
"We look forward to offering our customers in Darwin, at long last, various forms of improved performance in the coming months."
Internode, which employs about 450 people throughout Australia, has its national headquarters in Adelaide with offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
Internode has installed its own DSLAM (Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexer) equipment at more than 200 telephone exchanges throughout Australia, enabling it to deliver faster, better quality, and more innovative services at lower prices than can be achieved using equipment from wholesale providers.
Internode's existing investments in the NT include the already operational Alice Springs ADSL2+ DSLAM service, and the completed construction of four ADSL2+ DSLAM deployments around the Darwin area, which will go live as soon as backhaul connections to Adelaide and Brisbane are completed by NextGen Networks, currently scheduled for next month.
Internode's Darwin PoP will be built within existing data centre facilities used by Internode in the Darwin area. Internode is also building an Extreme SHDSL deployment in the main Darwin exchange. Designed to meet the high-speed broadband needs of businesses and public sector customers, Extreme SHDSL (Symmetric High-speed Digital Subscriber Line) provides high-capacity symmetric data services over copper telephone lines at data transfer rates as fast as 40 megabits per second each way.
Due to the looming Christmas shutdown period for most telecommunication industry companies, completion of the Darwin Point of Presence is expected during the first quarter of 2012.