Australia's number two DSL provider iiNet currently only services 3.7 per cent of the premises, with ADSL in the first release sites passed by National Broadband Network (NBN) fibre, but the company is projecting that this will grow as the roll-out progresses.
In a presentation made to the Morgan Stanley 2011 Emerging Companies Conference today, iiNet revealed that its ADSL market share in the first release sites in Armidale, Brunswick, Tamworth, Kiama and Willunga only sat at 3.7 per cent. iiNet told ZDNet Australia that this was much lower than its national average; however, as the project continues to roll out to new sites, the company has estimated that this rate will increase.
iiNet has identified 16 NBN points of interconnect (POI) to be turned on in the next phases of the roll-out, which will service areas where the company already has customers. The total number of premises to be serviced by those POIs totals approximately 1.5 million, and it is in these locations that the RSP is seeking to increase its market share.
Given that there were just seven customers in total testing the network in Armidale when it launched last month, iiNet has an NBN customer share of 28.5 per cent in the town, having secured two of those customers.
iiNet is one of 13 RSPs (including late-comer Vodafone Hutchison Australia) to go through NBN Co's "on-boarding" process to configure their networks to work on the NBN, and just one of five RSPs offering services to customers in Tasmania and one of four in Armidale.
According to iiNet, the company has "several hundred" NBN customers in the Tasmanian portion of the roll-out already connected to the service.