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
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.