new telco, Australian Broadband Services (Ausbbs), the first of many
companies to spawn from the high speed fibre National Broadband Network,
will offer fixed and wireless broadband, voice over IP (VOIP) and
It looks like Ausbbs mean
business and “will differentiate itself” from other telcos, offering
good customer service, flexible billing options and ” hassle free
transition” to the NBN, and will launch later this year.
virtual ISP will have a low cost business models and has technology
specifically designed for a high bandwidth environment, to offer
services including fixed line broadband via the $36bn NBN, and other
network carriers “where appropriate,” it says.
It will also
offer wireless Internet, Voice Over IP (VOIP) phone services including
hardware that will “substantially undercut current standard telephone
charges” as well as mobile phone plans and devices.
Telsta’s T-Box or Optus’ FetchTV, it will also offer entertainment
services and bundle movies on demand and subscription TV into its
The fledgling telco, whose head office is in Bondi
Junction, will also offer cloud services and data storage solutions and
has “ambitious plans to incorporate cloud solutions for many of the
functions usually managed in house by established ISPs,” it said in a
And the “virtual ISP” said this week it has secured
first round funding from investors by “sources” close to AusBBS founder
and CEO Rob Appel.
<div class=”htmlEditorPageBreak”>- Page Break -</div>Stage one funding is enabling the company to
launch its initial product range in the second half of 2012 as the NBN
rollout gains momentum.
“We are aiming for an August release of a
trial service range to be delivered exclusively over the NBN,” Appel
told SmartHouse today.
“Our plans will be available nationally wherever the NBN has passed a premises.”
Ausbbs sees its competitors as ISPs live on the NBN including Telstra, Optus, iiNet and Internode, says Appel.
NBN-only ISP say they are are “incredibly excited” by the potential
applications and opportunities offered by the controversial fibre
“We will be the first ISP to fully leverage
the speed and capacity offered by the NBN, harnessing it to develop a
very low cost business model, allowing us to offer cheaper and simpler
internet access to all Australians,” he says.
“The NBN will create a highly competitive environment in which new entrant ISPs can compete for the first time in many years.
will be among a new generation of ISPs structured to take advantage of
non discriminatory wholesale pricing and passing on genuine benefits to
“Our overheads will be significantly reduced using
this model, allowing us to offer competitively priced access plans to
all Australians, wherever the NBN reaches,” says Appel.