Monday, March 15, 2010

Australian National Broadband Network signs up first service providers

From an Australian Government press release:
"The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy today opened a Proof-of-Concept Test Centre and announced the first retail service providers which will offer high speed broadband in Tasmania. Senator Conroy said the Test Centre would provide retail service providers with access to a live environment to test their services as part of the roll out of the National Broadband Network."
The first providers are Primus, Internode and iiNet. From Internode's related press release:
"Internode is one of three retail service providers who will deliver broadband and telephone services over a fibre-optic network being built by NBNCo in Tasmania. These commercial services are expected to be available in the second half of this year. Internode took the initiative to engage with delivery of NBN Tasmania Stage 1 in order to extend its experience in providing Fibre to the Home services at 'greenfields' residential developments in SA, NSW, Victoria and Queensland."
Let's hope Digital Region is catching up, from an 11th March news update:
"Digital Region, along with our partner company Thales, are working tirelessly to ensure that potential users can gain connectivity as soon as possible, and advanced negotiations are taking place between ourselves and a number of Internet Service Providers. We hope and expect that this will be finalised in the very near future, and superfast broadband will become available to potential users."
See this previous post for more on Digital Region.

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