Promising to increase dial-up Internet access speeds to as much as 168Kbps, ISP iPrimus has released a new high-speed service for its dial-up customers.
Called iSpeed, the service utilises special caching, compression and connection methods to accelerate by two or even three times a user’s standard dial-up connection speeds.
According to Campbell Sallabank, Primus Telecom general manager for product development, the iSpeed service uses a dual caching system in which caching engines sit on both the ISP’s network and the user’s system (the client). To utilise the iSpeed service, customers will need to download software, provided by iPrimus, he said.
As well as the user software, iPrimus has also implemented new equipment into its network nationally to cope with the extra caching demands, he said.
Although there was no average speed for Internet services provided across the iSpeed service, Sallabank said tests and trials indicated users could expect to double their current dial-up access speeds.
“This will allow people who are unable to make the step to broadband to still receive a premium service with faster downloads of Web pages, graphics, photos and some MP3 files,” he said.
The service also allows customers to block pop-up ads, and in-page advertisements.
The iSpeed dial-up service is available for $8.95 on top of the customer’s monthly dial-up bill.
For an additional $2, customers can also subscribe to iPrimus’s new antivirus and e-mail spam service, iProtect. The iProtect solution, which is available to all iPrimus Internet users, is based on antivirus and spam software developed by US AV vendor Brightmail.
Those customers who choose not to sign up to iSpeed but would like to subscribe to the antivirus service will be charged an additional $3 on their monthly bill; customers wanting both antivirus and spam filters will incur an additional fee of $5 per month.
Sallabank said while there were several ISPs in the US already offering the iSpeed technology to their customers, iPrimus would be the first ISP in Australia to utilise the faster dial-up service.
“Other ISPs will certainly take note of the technology,” he said.