iiNet expands ADSL network with a further 45,000 ports

While Ovum warns of serious spectrum woes for WiMax

National broadband carrier iiNet has ordered a further 45,000 EDA DSLAM ports from Ericsson to extend its ADSL network.

iiNet CTO Greg Bader said today the carrier's strategy of connecting customers to its own network has been enormously successful.

"With our own DSLAM's we are delivering faster and better services at a much lower cost than sharing other carrier's networks," Bader said.

"Today iiNet is a true national broadband carrier, with substantial national coverage, and particularly strong coverage and take-up in Sydney and Perth."

The carrier claims the number of subscribers on the network has increased by 24 percent in the past year.

"We have built the second largest ADSL2+ network in Australia and were among the first to introduce ADSL2+ access," Bader said.

"This technology allows us to deliver high speed ADSL to many subscribers, with the higher speeds improving the customer experience for a host of different services (VoIP, Video, music downloads). All of this has been built with the Ericsson EDA DSL products."

Ericsson is one of the top three fixed broadband suppliers in the world with products that support copper technologies, fibre-to-the-home and wireless broadband incorporating 3G HSPA.

Ericsson's director of business development Tony Malligeorgos said iiNet's growth is evidence of the carrier's business and technical prowess.

Also today, analyst firm Ovum has released a report warning of serious spectrum problems for Wi-Max in the Asia Pacific region.

Ovum analyst Nathan Burley said of the key licensed WiMax spectrum bands - 2.3GHz, 2.5GHz, 3.3GHz and 3.5GHz - not one band is broadly available across the region and licences are often unfavourable to broad deployment.

However, more spectrum is becoming available. Many regulators are now actively promoting WiMax and large blocks of spectrum are beginning to be licensed across various markets.

Burley said the picture for WiMax spectrum availability will become much clearer during 2007 and 2008.

He said the most promising developed Asia-Pacific markets for WiMax are South Korea, Taiwan and Japan.

"The business model for WiMax and its likely success depends significantly on the frequency at which it is deployed," Burley said.

"The lower the frequency, the better the coverage and the more likely the business model will be a success.

"Therefore the 3.5GHz band may see WiMax deployed but this spectrum is not ideal for supporting mobility as it is more suited to fixed solutions."

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