In a move to fill in metropolitan broadband blackspots in Tasmania, South Australian-based IP Internode has made broadband services available on the island with the launch of its 'NakedExtreme' ADSL services.
The broadband services, to be delivered to the Tasmania customers from telephone exchanges equipped with Internode's own DSLAM equipment, come as a result of the ISP's recently-gained access to the Basslink fibre-optic cable - which happens to be the first fibre link connecting Hobart and Victoria.
Broadband via the NakedExtreme service is delivered over a phone line, sans a phone service attachment; and phone calls are made through the NodePhone Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service.
As per Internode claims, the potential NakedExtreme customers will experience faster, better quality broadband services at "greater distances" from the telephone exchanges, as compared to the services offered by Internode's competitors. With the service extending broadband reach from 4.1 km to up to 7.5 km, the prospective broadband area coverage will increase from 52 to 176 square km.
Commenting on Internode's rapid expansion plans - over the next six months - pertaining to the Extreme services' availability, Product Manager Jim Kellett said: "We are installing our own equipment in extra 10 telephone exchanges. That expansion will make Internode's NakedExtreme and Extreme ADSL2+ services available to more than 90,000 Tasmanian premises, including over 12,000 businesses."