AAPT promises 'naked DSL' by Christmas

AAPT promises 'naked DSL' by Christmas

Summary: AAPT has revealed that it will start selling Internet connectivity without the need for a phone connection before the end of the year.

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AAPT has revealed that it will start selling Internet connectivity without the need for a phone connection before the end of the year.

Speaking today at the Australian Financial Review Broadband Australia conference in Sydney, Paul Broad, CEO of AAPT, said the naked DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) product will be available before Christmas but refused to give further details of where the service will be launched.

Broad did, however, reveal the naked DSL product will be available as both a wholesale and retail offering.

"We're looking at effectively a primary line replacement product ... in my place in Sydney, I don't have a fixed line nor do I want one -- not at AU$30 month," he told delegates.

AAPT is not the first service provider to consider freeing users from a mandatory landline phone account. TPG also hinted on its forums that it was considering selling naked DSL plans. iiNet has recently announced a trial of naked DSL and VoIP provider Engin is committed to launching a landline free broadband product before the end of the year.

Others have sought to offer broadband without an inexorable landline by using mobile networks. Virgin Mobile announced last month that it would begin offering a "fixed" broadband service which routes data across Optus's 3G network.

Topics: Telcos, Broadband, Browser, Mobility, Networking, AAPT, Optus, NBN

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  • Who will be the biggest loser?

    Telsta.

    ... and good riddance to them. They have made their own bed on this matter.
    anonymous
  • AAPT

    No Service! No Phone Support. Chris Thornton (Head of AAPT Consumer) "Consumer NonSupport" No Reply. Can They Listen? Not after an hour wait on the Phone!!! Can They Fix it?? No Hope! Not Interested . AAPT = No Chance.
    anonymous
  • AAPT

    i tried calling AAPT 5 time last week and u won't believe it that i was on hold for 45 min each time. At the end i was sick of holding to hang up.
    New every in your life go with AAPT..

    Bad Customer service + Bad Service = AAPT
    anonymous
  • As usual

    Media releases are cheap, action is what we all want. JO Best please don't fall for these stupid publicity stunts again.... then again they didn't say what decade.
    anonymous
  • AAPT

    It took me 1 month to finally get a hold of AAPT after weeks of 45 min phone waits to sort out a billing mistake then i was charged as the 1300 number isnt free. AAPT phone staff dont like it if you " Tell it like it is "
    anonymous
  • Fortune teller

    Just read the recent article about AAPT not releasing naked DSL
    anonymous
  • Don't use AAPT.

    AAPT are terrible - we are desperatley trying to get out of them. They increase charges with no warning and remove call caps out of the blue. Terrible service, totally arrogant. I don't care if they are offering internet and phone wirelessly for free - I'd stay away!
    anonymous