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Pacific Extends Broadband Reach

Internet service provider Pacific Internet has entered into an agreement with Access1 to extend delivery of its high-speed access service to all Access1 subscribers.

Pacific Internet will acquire the broadband services of multi-media service provider Access1 and provide the connection link via its backbone between Access1's subscribers and the Internet.

The deal with Pacific Internet is another feather in the cap of Access1, who last month secured an investment from Australian television network Seven (see story) which guarantees the station the provision of broadband cable and service.

Under that deal, Seven's pay television station C7 will deliver all of its broadband programming via the Access1 network, including three channels of Sydney 2000 Olympic Games coverage.

The Access1 service is expected to be launched this month, but users will need a rooftop satellite dish and decoder box for their PC to access it.

The company uses satellite-based IP telephony to deliver broadband services, including pay television and high speed Internet access and also operates ISPs across Asia.

In another deal announced today, Pacific Internet has also bought Newcastle and the Hunter Region's Internet service provider HunterLink, which has almost 10,000 subscribers in the Hunter region and offers services in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens, Wyong, Singleton, Muswellbrook, Castle Rock, Merriwa, Maitland and Cessnock.

Other deals forged under the Pacific Internet name include last year's purchase of Melbourne ISP Mira Networking and Sydney ISP Zip World.