Amcom joins 8Mbps ADSL club

Perth-based Internet service provider (ISP) Amcom Telecommunications has announced a range of 'up to 8Mbps' ADSL plans designed to exploit the DSLAM rollout it outlined last year.While Amcom presently only has infrastructure in 14 exchanges in the Western Australian capital, the company plans to add another 25 in both Perth and Adelaide.

Perth-based Internet service provider (ISP) Amcom Telecommunications has announced a range of 'up to 8Mbps' ADSL plans designed to exploit the DSLAM rollout it outlined last year.

While Amcom presently only has infrastructure in 14 exchanges in the Western Australian capital, the company plans to add another 25 in both Perth and Adelaide. The ISP's fibre network is being extended to service all 39 exchanges.

In a ploy aimed at rival iiNet, Amcom says on its Web site consumers do not need to bundle a phone service with one of its higher-speed plans. iiNet's range of 'up to 8Mbps' plans are only available bundled with its iiPhone service.

The new plans include separate peak and off-peak download limits, and range from 1GB/1GB (on/off peak) for AU$49 per month to 20GB/20GB at $89 per month.

The ISP plans to restrict customers to 72Kbps once they reach their monthly download limit.

Amcom is moving to exploit iiNet's 8am-midnight higher-cost peak, restricting its window to 7am-7pm.

The company's managing director, Eddy Lee, told the Australian Stock Exchange in December 2004 his company's ADSL hardware rollout would "leverage our fibre network reach into the greater metropolitan areas and the under-serviced SME [small to medium enterprise] audience".

Fibre provider Uecomm listed competition from that network in 2003 as one of the main reasons the company sold off its own fibre system in Perth's CBD.

"We are targeting SMEs with an annual voice and data spend of AU$6,000 to AU$50,000 this annum," Lee said of the rollout. "We believe that each of the 39 new data exchanges we're commissioning can reach 1,000 SME clients and between 8,000 to 12,000 residential customers. In the residential segment, our aim is to attract the professionals working from home."

Amcom executive chairman Tony Grist also told The West Australian&nbsp newspaper last year that the company planned to sell wholesale access to both its ADSL and fibre hardware.