Netspace acquires another regional ISP

Internet service provider Netspace Online Systems has acquired a Gippsland-based ISP - Infinity Online - continuing its strategy of sweeping up smaller, regional-based ISPs around the nation.

Infinity Online will continue to operate out of the Gippsland town of Traralgon, Victoria but will now also be able to utilise more access points for its customers, courtesy of its new parent company's extended reach.

Netspace has managed to increase its subscriber numbers by more than 30 per cent in the past 12 months by acquiring smaller ISPs and offering migration services to the former customers of ISPs which have closed their doors. This includes the recent offer Netspace made to former subscribers of the failed FreeISP organisation.

The sale continues a consolidation trend in the ISP marketspace of many smaller operators either closing down, merging or being acquired.

Netspace national sales manager Ross Cataldo said its strategy was to keep as many of the acquired ISPs staff on the ground at the same physical locations. It is also trying to offer more competitive pricing and better access services to keep the new customer base on-board. Cataldo said the next 12 months would see a push toward ADSL, as the ISP gains access to the broadband networks of XYZ (an Optus subsidiary), RequestDSL and Telstra.

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