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Post by trog @ 12:35pm 29/03/10 | 27 Comments
iiNet chief Michael Malone has just confirmed that iiNet will be purchasing Netspace:
This deal puts the combined businesses at over 520k customers and over $500m of revenue. It gives us a physical office in Melbourne and much stronger position in Victoria and Tasmania, areas where iiNet has been traditionally weak.

The message for customers is "business as usual" for both iiNet and Netspace. The stuff we need to work on is in the backend, getting iiNet and Netspace customers on to our own network. That doesn't mean "no change ever", it just means that there are no plans for any changes to products, features, etc. Until now, this has been a discussion between the shareholders. Now, we get to sit down with the Netspace team and work out the smartest steps to work on over the next year or two, to get the best out of both brands.
This is probably good news for Australians, if only because it creates another large ISP entity that will help to create more effective competition in our ISP market.












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HeardY
Posted 12:48pm 29/3/10
hmmm interesting...

Telstra and Optus have serious competition in iiNET and TPG (pure customer base), I'd still say Internode is more 'boutique' then mainstream.

Hopefully this makes for some good deals in the near future.
HeardY
Posted 12:50pm 29/3/10
hardware, trog is right, it was speculation in your thread, it's now CONFIRMED they've purchased the entity.
parabol
Posted 12:55pm 29/3/10
Interesting. Though I'm surprised no one really discussed TPG's purchase of PIPE Networks a while back, which would affect far more customers/ISPs since they are such a major hub. Not to steal the spotlight from iiNet, but it was pretty big news to me ...

last edited by parabol at 12:55:02 29/Mar/10
trog
Posted 12:54pm 29/3/10
I'm surprised no one really discussed TPG's purchase of PIPE Networks a while back, which would affect far more customers/ISPs since they are such a major hub ...
I think that will take longer to show effects but agree that they'll be extremely real effects for many people.

It's great to see some real major shakeups in .au ISPs. It's this sort of movement that demonstrates we have a real, viable market for more commercial investment.
Dazhel
Posted 01:15pm 29/3/10
I hope I get to keep my collectors edition netspace.net.au email address still :D
natslovR
Posted 03:03pm 29/3/10
I hope it doesn't effect iinet's customer service. "big" purchases have hurt other isps in the past. If they are buying them because it makes sense and they can afford it, that's great, if they are buying them because they were worried about failing to meet analysts growth estimates/requirements then that's bad.
Midda
Posted 03:16pm 29/3/10
I think that will take longer to show effects but agree that they'll be extremely real effects for many people.

Well, TPG announced a totally unlimited plan earlier this month for $75. Does that count?
tequila
Posted 03:18pm 29/3/10
the more competition the better I say

TPG are paving the way forward with their unlimited* and 1m/1m shaping plans
we can only hope that others follow
Pinky
Posted 05:46pm 29/3/10
My bad. Sorry for the other locked thread.

Yeah, this is big news. iiNet are a great company.

So how does iiNet work in terms of infrastructure now? How much do they own and how much business do they give Telstra?
HerbalLizard
Posted 05:50pm 29/3/10
Now for tpg to snap up pipe and iiNet to buy up tpg and smash the s*** out of everyone never happen but I am wishful.
Pinky
Posted 05:55pm 29/3/10
Now for tpg to snap up pipe and iiNet to buy up tpg and smash the s*** out of everyone never happen but I am wishful.

Hehe, yeah can't happen. If they are going 'into debt' to buy Netspace then they can't afford TPG.

TPG are good. I wouldn't sign up with them but I hugely appreciate the competition and pressure they put on the other ISPs.
weedy
Posted 12:29am 30/3/10
Oh crap this is seriously bad news, my brothers been with iinet and they forcibly downgraded his connection from 1500 to 512 because of price changes in the market. They are the only company ive ever seen that has done this and ive been with bigpond, netspace, optus, labyrinth and many more.

Soon as i can im leaving Netspace screw iiNet for a joke. Last time i checked their plans were crap compared to Netspace.
parabol
Posted 01:49am 30/3/10
my brothers been with iinet and they forcibly downgraded his connection from 1500 to 512 because of price changes in the market.

Yeah they did this to us twice in a year. Not happy! Switched to Internode and experienced less surprises like that. Overall iiNet is good.
shrapse
Posted 03:08am 30/3/10
This is all that matters at the moment!
Zylox
Posted 07:09am 30/3/10
The nations number two telco Optus today said it was on schedule to upgrade the speed of its HFC cable network in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to 100Mbps by mid-2010.

what Mbps is Optus Cable ATM?
shrapse
Posted 08:36am 30/3/10
10mbit~ for the older plans, 20mbit on the new ones
Dazhel
Posted 09:14am 30/3/10
Is there a corresponding increase in data allowances for those 100mbit plans? Otherwise the time it takes to exhaust your data allowance just goes from from 4 hours to 40 minutes.
shrapse
Posted 09:35am 30/3/10
The new Optus plans were leaked on Whirlpool a few days ago:



It's not clear whether these plans have anything to do with the 100mbit upgrade.

last edited by shrapse at 09:35:25 30/Mar/10
tequila
Posted 09:53am 30/3/10
If they are going 'into debt' to buy Netspace then they can't afford TPG.


TPG-Soul is worth 1.8 billion dollars
It's far more likely that TPG would take over iiNet, but I don't see iiNet selling up anytime soon
HeardY
Posted 11:14am 30/3/10
F***, those optus plans look good decent....

Just goes to show how much they were rorting us over the years :(
tension
Posted 12:06pm 30/3/10
Wow those optus plans do look very nice. I just changed from Optus to Netspace about 6 months ago. I think reliability with Optus was much better but Netspace had the much bigger quota for only a little bit more money.
TiT
Posted 12:35pm 30/3/10
I wouldnt touch optus with 10ft poll so many ppl have had speed issues with optus... even Internode ppl on the optus infrastructure... no thanks
casa
Posted 06:24pm 30/3/10
weee now iinet will be 520,000 people stupider.
weedy
Posted 11:43pm 30/3/10
I was with optus for over 3 years and have been on ADSL1, ADSL2+ and Cable and i had awesome speeds on all except DSL2+ but i was miles from the exchange - 2 suburbs away in fact, damn small towns.

Whats funny is that i used to get much better pings on the GameArena servers then my mates on Bigpond Cable which i always found hilerous.
Shroud
Posted 12:03am 31/3/10
iinet rocks, best isp in the country IMO.. i've been with telstra, optus & internode aswell at some point or other.

Telstra by far the worst.

Internode comes in second place.
mongie
Posted 08:42am 31/3/10
Telstra are only the worst Value.

They are right up there with the best for quality of connection. I hate Telstra as much as anyone, but I still understand that they offer a high quality internet connection, for a similarly high price.
Shroud
Posted 03:40pm 02/4/10
No, when I was with Telstra had multiple disconnects, slow sync etc. changed providers & much better.
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