commentary iiNet's financial woes may prove to be a blessing in disguise to the Australian public. The long-term future of the company is still up in the air in the wake of its weakened fiscal position and new relationships with fellow telcos PowerTel and Amcom.
commentary iiNet's financial woes may prove to be a blessing in disguise to the Australian public.
The long-term future of the company is still up in the air in
the wake of its weakened fiscal position and new relationships
with fellow telcos PowerTel and Amcom.
However, the more important immediate item for consideration
is that iiNet's substantial broadband network has been opened to
Telcos and Internet service providers can now use that network
to sell high-speed ADSL2+ broadband at up to 24Mbps.
All they have to do is place a call to PowerTel's HQ and hook
up a deal.
The move will of course allow iiNet to wring greater return
from the expensive network and claw back some financial security.
But from a customer point of view the implications of the move
are much grander.
iiNet's move comes as Optus is simultaneously preparing to
allow rivals access to its own broadband network, which is of a
Now it's said that trouble comes in threes. But in this case
it may be three lots of blessings.
As these developments change the Australian telecommunications
market over the next six months, customers can expect to see
ADSL2+ broadband become far more widely available and much
A raft of smaller ISPs and telcos will cosy up to the new
wholesale kings and start selling broadband services sixteen
times the speeds they were previously offering off the back of
One thing to expect is steady downward pressure on ADSL2+
prices as more competition enters the market.
The higher speeds will also have consequences for currently
edge technologies that are on the verge of becoming mainstream. A
sudden upsurge in the use of Internet telephony and video on
demand can be confidently predicted.
What do you think the broadband market will look like in six
months? Are you eagerly awaiting ADSL2+ services in your area?
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