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iiNet ropes in 10,000 FTTH customers

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iiNet, a competitive Australian broadband provider, continues to find utility with Fiber to the Home (FTTH), reporting on Monday that it has more fiber-based broadband customers than the government-funded National Broadband Network (NBN) open access network.

The Perth-based service provider said it has signed up 10,000 FTTH customers, while only 7,000 of the NBN's 30,000 customers use fiber.

"As well as delivering super-fast broadband to more people than are connected to FTTH through the NBN, we're now the largest provider of FTTH services in the country," said Michael Malone, CEO of iiNet in a Financial Review article.

iiNet is also augmenting its own FTTH footprint through an agreement with NBN Co. In addition to other service providers including Internode and Primus, iiNet has also signed wholesale agreements to deliver services to their users over the NBN.

Like its new parent, iiNet's new subsidiary Internode is being no less aggressive with FTTH. Internode in January announced that it was targeting 20 new real estate developments in Australia with a series of new Fiber to the Home (FTTH) tariffs.

Whether it's over fiber or copper, iiNet has been very aggressive on the broadband expansion front. Complementing its own organic and partner FTTH efforts, the service provider has been growing through targeted acquisitions, including Internode and TransACT. These moves enable iiNet to better compete not only against Telstra, but also larger competitive carriers like Optus.

For more:
- Financial Review has this article

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