Perth-based internet service provider (ISP) Westnet, which in May 2008 was acquired by broadband operator iiNet, has said that over the next six months it aims to roll out ADSL2+ services to regional New South Wales (NSW) and Western Australia (WA) as part of a AUD5 million (USD4.98 million) commitment to servicing customers in regional areas. According to ZDNet Australia, Westnet will enhance infrastructure for customers in Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, Bluff Point and Katanning in WA, while residents in NSW in the Hunter, North Coast and South Coast areas will also benefit from upgrades. Further, a number of suburbs in Queensland and Victoria have been earmarked for network improvements, including Robina, Edison and Southport in the former and Newport, Bendigo and Ballarat in the latter. Michael Malone, CEO of Westnet and managing director of its parent iiNet, said that the decision to roll out ADSL2+ technology in the selected areas was being done to introduce ‘real competition’ to the regional broadband market, with the executive noting: ‘We want to bring the benefits of super fast broadband to as many homes and businesses as we can. This year we will build more than double the capacity of what we delivered last year and offer plans at more competitive prices than ever before.’
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Westnet’s parent company iiNet was Australia’s third largest broadband provider as at end-September 2010, with a customer base of 578,000.