Internode upgrades broadband network

Result of 'strong demand' for new broadband plans

Australian ISP Internode has increased the capacity of its Australian broadband network, citing strong demand for its new consumer and business broadband plans.

Internode claims its network has been upgraded by more than 130 per cent, including deployment of 10-gigabit links between capital cities. The ISP installed 10 gigabit per second (Gbps) links between Adelaide, Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne, which it claims has boosted inter-city network capacity by up to 150 per cent.

Internode also increased the capacity of its network links from Tasmania to mainland Australia by almost 80 per cent. It says this was carried out in order to handle increased data traffic, including participants in the National Broadband Network (NBN) stage one trial. This follows the increase of upload speeds on Tasmania's NBN in January.

“We’ve managed to replace 24 small-capacity links with these five high-capacity links,” said Daryl Collins, Internode network architect. “As well as making our national network simpler to manage, getting rid of that plethora of smaller links allows us to use our network much more effectively. While this improved design is invisible to customers, they benefit from Internode’s network continuing to evolve to meet their needs, whether that’s delivering highly responsive performance for online services and gaming or large data quotas for accessing IPTV and other data-rich content.”

Internode claims the recent network upgrades were partly forced by the new broadband plans it released in the second half of last year. The ISP said it thousands of its existing customers migrated to the new plans.

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