Netspace in ADSL2+ rollout

update Cautious Internet service provider Netspace has committed to a widespread rollout of next-generation ADSL2+ broadband infrastructure, after six months of sitting on the sidelines.The new technology allows speeds of up to 24Mbps, while the ADSL1 offering most commonly sold in Australia only allows up to 1.

update Cautious Internet service provider Netspace has committed to a widespread rollout of next-generation ADSL2+ broadband infrastructure, after six months of sitting on the sidelines.

The new technology allows speeds of up to 24Mbps, while the ADSL1 offering most commonly sold in Australia only allows up to 1.5Mbps.

Netspace has a limited rollout of ADSL2+ hardware in Melbourne, but in January the ISP said the instability of the fledgling broadband industry would prevent a wider implementation. In that time, others such as Optus, iiNet, Primus and Internode have continued to build out their own networks using the standard.

However, since that time contentious issues such as the cost of access to Telstra's copper broadband network (needed to provide ADSL2+) and the future of the incumbent's fibre to the node network have been largely settled.

A spokesperson for the company told ZDNet Australia this afternoon via telephone that the the ISP's ADSL2+ offering would be offered progressively to customers throughout the fourth quarter this year, with the ISP using a mix of wholesale partners and its own hardware.

"It's not going to be a Christmas present -- we're not talking about something that pops out at the end of December," he said.

The key areas for Netspace to deploy its own hardware would be metropolitan Melbourne, Tasmania and some areas of regional Victoria (for example the Gippsland area).

Tasmanian residents may not get equal service as the mainland though, with the spokesperson citing expensive Telstra data carriage costs across the channel.

The spokesperson declined to name either the hardware vendor or wholesale partners for the offering. He said final negotiations were currently taking place for network equipment, with an announcement planned shortly on that matter.

In an earlier statement, Netspace said a complete listing of the telephone exchanges through which it would provide ADSL2+ would be available through its Web site this afternoon, with pricing details to come later. The site currently states 250 telephone exchanges will be covered.

In that statement Netspace managing director Stuart Marburg said his company was thinking long term.

"We have watched with interest other providers struggle with the difficulties of implementing their ADSL2+ services; wrestling with difficulties associated with the deployment of their infrastructure as well as building the right plans that offer the balance between sustainability and value to customers and service," he said in the statement.

"Our strategy from the outset has been to allow a little time for this new technology to mature in order to fully evaluate the market and determine the most appropriate long-term model for the provision of these services."

Voice and data

The Netspace spokesperson also gave an update on the ISP's plans to offer a complete telephony solution, including a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) product.

"We've got our full service telephone offering coming up in the next month or two," he said.

The company now has a long distance offering, and will shortly launch its VoIP product, which is currently being trialled by customers.

"We labelled it as a trial, just as a safety measure. We've been testing it extensively for a number of years ourselves," said the spokesperson.