Exetel and Netspace push to become Tasmanian National Broadband Network providers

Exetel and Netspace push to become Tasmanian National Broadband Network providers

Internet service providers Netspace and Exetel are seeking accreditation from the National Broadband Network Company to resell broadband in the first rollout stage of the new fibre-optic network in Tasmania. Previously, the Tasmanian NBN Co announced that iiNet, iPrimus and Internode would be the first internet service providers to be accredited for the right to supply super-fast broadband to 5,000 homes involved in phase one of the new network.

Netspace’s regulatory and carrier affairs manager Matthew Phillips was recently quoted as saying, ‘Netspace intends to be there offering broadband bundles on the Tassie NBN as soon as the network is available to us… We are currently busy working through the commercial and technical prerequisites to enable us to do that.’

Elsewhere, rising budget broadband internet provider Exetel publicised a recent email they sent to the NBN Co, which expressed an adamant desire to achieve this same accreditation. They addressed the issue further in a forum post where they expressed the notion their services are up to the standard of the three providers already selected.

An Exetel forum administrator said, ‘We (Exetel) are applying for it and would like to offer it (Super-fast broadband) if it is financially sensible for the end user.’

However, the individual from Exetel expressed doubts as to whether the, ‘NBN Co will ever 'get off the ground' due to financial and other issues,’ but stated that, ‘Exetel will always look at infrastructures that may become available to it.’

To further push their cause forward, Exetel’s company director Steve Waddington posted the text of a very intense email he states was sent to a NBN Co email address. The text from said email is as follows:

‘Dear Sir or Madam, I have tried to contact you via your web site on Monday and by phone yesterday. After taking my details, your receptionist told me someone would “definitely call you back soon.” So far there has been no response to either.
I am trying to contact you to determine if and how Exetel can become a reseller of NBN products and services. I would appreciate the courtesy of a reply.’

When you compare different internet providers, Exetel does look like a logical choice to resell broadband via the Tasmanian sector of the National Broadband Network after forging a capacity deal with the Basslink cable last year. Netspace has invested in Tasmania too, recently enabling DSLAMs for its own ADSL 2+ broadband services, so it will be interesting what the NBN Co decides about these two competing internet forces.