Westnet swims upstream to Optus

Westnet swims upstream to Optus

Summary: Internet service provider Westnet is believed to be dumping its existing upstream Internet bandwidth providers AAPT and Telstra in favour of nationwide links with the nation's number two telco Optus. The ISP, one of Australia's largest with around 85,000 customers on broadband and another 60,000 on dialup Internet, has already linked its Western Australian network up with Optus'.

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Internet service provider Westnet is believed to be dumping its existing upstream Internet bandwidth providers AAPT and Telstra in favour of nationwide links with the nation's number two telco Optus.

The ISP, one of Australia's largest with around 85,000 customers on broadband and another 60,000 on dialup Internet, has already linked its Western Australian network up with Optus'.

While a Westnet spokesperson had not supplied details of any change by time of publication, a network engineer at the ISP had recently revealed its plans to switch to the Singapore Telecommunications-owned unit.

"No secrets here, we have changed our upstream providers as happens from time to time," Chris Atkinson wrote on the forums of broadband information site Whirlpool.

Atkinson said Westnet was currently using Telstra as its upstream Internet provider in Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory, with AAPT holding the ISP's business in the other states and the Northern Territory.

"You'll be happy to hear that in the near future all states will be following WA and moving onto the Optus network," he wrote in a later post.

However, Atkinson didn't specify a firm timeframe for the Optus links to be switched on.

"As soon as the services can be delivered by the chosen supplier we will turn them on, within reason and after a suitable period of testing and of course taking into consideration things like contracts etc," he wrote.

In related news, Westnet is understood to still be testing network hardware as the ISP decides whether it will follow larger companies like Telstra, Optus and iiNet and roll out its own ADSL infrastructure into telephone exchanges.

Topics: Telcos, Broadband, AAPT, Optus, NBN

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  • Westnet swims upstream to Optus - Old news

    Guy's i'm impressed how long it took to pick this up. Westnet users first new on the 9th of March.

    "...Has Westnet changed their backbone provider again. I noticed tonight that when performing a traceroute I use to go through Telstra Routers to international links and now it seems Westnet have changed their backbone provider to the Optus Network.

    Ummm!! Could this be any relation with Westnet Implementing or using Optus Network DSLAMS for their roleout of ADSL2+?? Strange Strategy Here. Why Leave Telstra to Optus? " http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies.cfm?t=487181

    And Westnet's response:

    "Just to clarify our current bandwidth suppliers in each state are:

    WA: Optus
    SA-NT / VIC / QLD / NSW: AAPT
    TAS / ACT: Telstra

    Though this is subject to change, and will likely do so again in the future.

    Regards,
    Chris "

    http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies.cfm?t=487181

    I find the speculation about Westnet using optus's ADSL2+ far more interesting.

    Brendan
    anonymous
  • Re: old news

    hi Brendan,

    of course you're right, the issue was raised on that date, however this has been a developing thread over the last two months, with more info coming to light over time.

    In addition, Westnet's customers who browse their forums are not the only readers likely to be interested in this move, so I still thought it was important that we went ahead with a story on this date.

    As for Westnet using Optus' ADSL2+, that could be a ways off as Optus has stated they are likely to begin wholesaling this service in the second half of this year.

    Cheers,

    Renai LeMay
    News Journalist
    ZDNet Australia
    anonymous