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.

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