Netspace launches ADSL2+ broadband

Netspace launches ADSL2+ broadband

Summary: Internet service provider Netspace has joined the rush to provide high-speed ADSL2+ broadband around the nation. ADSL2+ is an upgraded ADSL standard that allows speeds of up to 24Mbps, compared with 8Mbps under ADSL1.

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Internet service provider Netspace has joined the rush to provide high-speed ADSL2+ broadband around the nation.

ADSL2+ is an upgraded ADSL standard that allows speeds of up to 24Mbps, compared with 8Mbps under ADSL1.

Netspace spokesperson Ben Dunscombe told ZDNet Australia the ISP was using two wholesale providers -- PowerTel and Optus -- to provide the higher speeds, as well as some of its own hardware in telephone exchanges.

The ISP has also recently started selling up to 8Mbps ADSL1 after Telstra uncapped its wholesale service from 1.5Mbps late last year.

Netspace's brand of ADSL2+ is available in a large number of locations nationally, with prices ranging from AU$39.95 a month when bundled with voice telephony services, to AU$99.95 for an unbundled plan with a 60GB per month download quota.

However, the ISP is not currently offering any speeds higher than 512Kbps in Tasmania, where it claims a Telstra price hike on Internet traffic haulage to the mainland is keeping costs too high.

Topics: Broadband, Telcos, Optus, Telstra, NBN

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  • Netspace launches ADSL2+ broadband

    Rush around the nation?

    By the looks of it only a few priviliged locations.
    Tell us when it is "AROUND THE NATION"
    anonymous
  • NetSpace's ADSL2+

    Wow!

    BUT -- BUT how does this help the over 100,000 requests per year for any form of broadband that Telstra rejects! (Figures from Telstra's broadband black spot register at 15 March 2007 with the claim that already in 2007 they have rejected 20,183 applications alone for one rejection every 5 minutes!)

    Companies like this one are just "cherry picking" from the installed base and doing nothing to assist those who really need it - that is those who are stuck on RIM boxes and with Pair Gain, etc. (Their statement re Tasmania proves the point - if they are so concerned about Tassie, install their own connection to the mainland!) AND - I am not in the "bush" - just in a fringe South East Queensland - Gold Coast area!

    Where is their "value-add"?
    Just buying and reselling Telstra / Optus carrier capacity doesn't excite me at all!

    We need some more real investigative reporting from ZDNet Australia on the REAL state of REAL broadband in Australia.

    After all - it is election year - and the campaigns have started - haven't they?

    Bill
    anonymous
  • Netspace

    You may not be excited, but these guys aren't dumb.
    Why would they invest money on DSLAMs and backhaul from regional areas where the population density wouldn't justify the investment?
    The simple fact is that there is a set of around 300 TESAs where it makes financial sense to invest in locating a DSLAM there.
    anonymous
  • Sounds familiar?

    Boy this could apply to any one of a dozen companies that ZDNet have applauded for rolling out ADSL2+ where there is already plenty of profitable infrastructure. Let
    anonymous
  • DSLAMs in regional centres

    What, like Internode did in Meningie, South Australia, about 3 years ago?

    "Cherry picking" is a funny term, often used by Telstra and it's shareholders to describe ISPs installing their own DSLAMs. But didn't Telstra start with the city areas first, and then move to more regional areas - so how was that not also cherry picking?
    anonymous
  • Connection to Tasmania

    "Their statement re Tasmania proves the point - if they are so concerned about Tassie, install their own connection to the mainland!"

    You may be unaware that a second link to Tasmania has been constructed (alongside the Basslink cable) and management of it is being tendered right now - see http://www.tenders.tas.gov.au/domino/tenders.nsf/all-v/71EBCAE72EBB4502CA2571CE00181FC3 (The successful applicant is not known yet)
    anonymous