Netspace Turns On Affordable ADSL2+ in Tasmania

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In a move that will deliver a new, affordable high-speed broadband alternative to Tasmanian homes, Netspace today turned on its own ADSL2+ service.

Tasmanians have been paying high prices for fast broadband, or have been going without ADSL2+ due to the associated cost

In a move that will deliver a new, affordable high-speed broadband alternative to Tasmanian homes, Netspace today turned on its own ADSL2+ service.

Immediate coverage of the new, affordable high-speed broadband alternative is available in Hobart and Launceston to new and existing customers, with broader coverage to come in the next few months. Netspace is now the biggest provider of ADSL2+ in Tasmania outside of Telstra.

"Tasmanians have been paying high prices for fast broadband, or have been going without ADSL2+ due to the associated cost," said Stuart Marburg, Managing Director, Netspace. "We are committed to offering existing and new broadband customers in Tasmania both speed and affordability."

"A number of ADSL2+ exchanges have been turned on today, with others coming online soon," said Marburg. "Approximately 80 per cent of our customers will be able to switch to ADSL2+ by the end of August this year."

Netspace has spent the last twelve months rolling out its own local exchange equipment and digital subscriber lines to deliver high-speed ADSL2+ broadband to homes and business in Tasmania. This investment makes it possible for Netspace to begin offering Tasmanians the same ADSL2+ plans as available in more than 400 other exchange areas nationally, at speeds of up to 20Mbps.

"We see this as the first truly competitive residential broadband service offered outside of the Hobart CBD," said Marburg. "Our plans deliver speed and data at prices up to $50 less than our competitors'."

Two of the most popular Netspace plans:

  •     ADSL2+ 10GB download cap for $29.95 per month when bundled with home phone, or $39.95 stand-alone.
  •     ADSL2+ 20GB download cap for $39.95 per month when bundled with home phone, or $49.95 stand-alone.

According to Marburg, the Rudd government's recently announced plan to roll-out a wholesale only fibre-to-the-premise National Broadband Network (NBN) offers great opportunity for even faster speeds in the future. By making this investment now, Netspace will be well placed to be one of the first retailers to offer its Tasmanian customers the transition to the NBN when it becomes available.

"In the meantime," added Marburg, "Netspace is excited to switch on the ADSL2+ service in Tasmania and to demonstrate the investment we've made in this market over the past year."

In order to secure the on-island optical fibre links over which it will deliver the backhaul to its ADSL2+ service, Netspace has worked closely with State-owned Aurora, which late last year took on the management and commercialisation of TasGovNet's optical fibre network.

Michael Larkin, Group Manager - Telecommunications, Aurora said, "Netspace's investment is an encouraging development in support of the work we have been doing to actively promote access to high speed broadband for all Tasmanians."

Track the rollout of Netspace ADSL2+ Broadband Coverage in Tasmania and / or register your interest in advance online: http://www.netspace.net.au/broadband/adsl2/coverage/tas/

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