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iiNet has launched a service that provides increased ADSL2+ bandwidth, both upstream and downstream, by bonding together two copper pairs.

The service is billed as a low cost option for small businesses that find ADSL2+ inadequate either because of poor quality lines or distance from the exchange, but do not want the cost of upgrading to fibre, or more costly SHDSL services.

Users pay the standard rate for an iiNet ADSL2+ business service, depending upon the download quota they need (prices start at $59.95 per month) and then an additional $99 per month for the bonding upgrade. The modem costs $419 and there is $150 or $79.95 set up charge for naked DSL or line shared DSL services respectively.

The modem has been sourced from ZyXEL and supports Annex M, which provides twice the upstream bandwidth (per pair) as the standard ADSL Annex L. It also has stateful packet inspection, anti-denial-of-service attack and port scanning, IGMP proxy/snooping for IP multicast and port-based VLAN to support triple-play services.

Internet says it has tested the modem over real customer lines and has achieved 30.266/2.656Mbps down/up over 1336 metres; 17.533/2.297Mbps over 2585 metres, 31.800/2.102Mbps over 1933 metres; 40.288/3.304Mbps over 145 metres; 15.438/1.862Mbps over 2453 metres and 10.546/2.271Mbps over 3954 metres.

iiNet's manager, business, Steve Harley told ExchangeDaily that the service was available to any business customer served by iiNet's own DSLAMs. "We have about 42,000 business customers nationwide and our bonded DSL is available to about 85 percent of those."

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Stuart Corner

 

Tracking the telecoms industry since 1989, Stuart has been awarded Journalist Of The Year by the Australian Telecommunications Users Group (twice) and by the Service Providers Action Network. In 2010 he received the 'Kester' lifetime achievement award in the Consensus IT Writers Awards and was made a Lifetime Member of the Telecommunications Society of Australia. He was born in the UK, came to Australia in 1980 and has been here ever since.

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