iiNet reports growing demand for business offerings

Bonded DSL a sweet spot for the internet service provider

iiNet (ASX:IIN) has reported growing demand for its bonded DSL service, an offering the internet service provider (ISP) is positioning as an interim service between standard DSL and the up-to 100 megabits per second (Mbps) services to become available in mainland Australia on the National Broadband Network (NBN).

According to iiNet general manager business, Steve Harley, the bonded DSL service offers speeds that are double the current average small business connections of between two to 10Mbps.

“We’ve been surprised by the strong response, with 15 per cent of our businesses customer base already taking up the service only two months after launch,” Harley said in a statement.

Along with bonded DSL, Harley said iiNet was also experiencing demand from smaller businesses for services which offered alternatives to the fixed telephone line, namely Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).

Take-up of consulting services aimed at matching business plans to future IT usage, data backup solutions, and hosted email and data services were also on the rise.

In related news, iiNet will move to VMware’s Zimbra collaboration suite for its web-based email platform with the purchase of one million mailboxes from the virtualisation provider. The new mail service is likely to offer customers additional functionality, including tasking and a calendar.

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