Adelaide to get AU$9.6 million non-Telstra DSL network

South Australian Internet service provider Adam Internet has announced that it would invest AU$9.6 million into a private next generation broadband network in Australia, independent of Telstra's exchanges.

South Australian Internet service provider Adam Internet has announced that it would invest AU$9.6 million into a private next generation broadband network in Australia, independent of Telstra's exchanges.

The ADSL2 and 2+ (2plus) network is expected to reach speeds as high as 28 Mbytes per second depending on the distance from the exchange, the company claimed. It is expected to be 15 times faster than current ADSL broadband technology and 500 times dialup speed, it said.

Adam Internet said it had selected technology partners ETSA Telecoms, Telstra subsidiary NDC and Ericsson to install the Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexer (DSLAM) network in 24 AdamDirect exchanges across the entire metropolitan area. The network leverages ETSA fibre optic cabling.

Adam Internet managing director Scott Hicks expects the infrastructure to eradicate restrictions set by bigger carriers.

"By owning our own infrastructure we are free from the artificial restrictions imposed by the major telecommunications carriers. While many companies are cherry picking the most profitable exchanges to install high-speed broadband services, Adam Internet will create a level playing field for businesses, councils and residences throughout metropolitan Adelaide," Hicks said.

Global telecommunications vendor Ericsson has provided Adam Internet with the DSLAM infrastructure that will give customers a direct link into the Internet without the need to go through a third party network, which is the traditional method of ADSL delivery.

Hicks also announced that Adam Internet will offer businesses, public facilities and residences high-speed access to voice and data services with their monthly connection fee when the data is transferred within their local exchange area.

Customers will also be able to make phone calls using their broadband connection within the area free of charge.

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