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What is Extreme SHDSL?

Friday, November 27th, 2009 by

You may have noticed our recent promotion of Internode Extreme SHDSL. This is a high bandwidth access service for our business and corporate customer base, who represent a very significant part of Internode’s success.

SHDSL is an awkward acronym for ‘Symmetrical High speed Digital Subscriber Line‘, and has been available for a number of years. However it’s recently enjoyed a quantum improvement in performance, with services now available at up to 40 Mbps symmetrical. Not surprisingly, this has earned it the name ‘Ethernet over Copper’.

From a business perspective, it fills the gap between ADSL2+ and Ethernet over optical fibre, both in terms of speed and price. A key feature is the high upload speed compared to ADSL2+, which enables applications such as:

  • high quality IP videoconferencing
  • high capacity voice over IP
  • large file transfers, for example CAD and medical imaging
  • Virtual Private Networks for remote offices and teleworkers
  • on site content hosting
  • corporate data centres on multi-site private networks

Unlike ADSL2+, it’s a fixed speed service, available in increments of 5 Mbps all the way up to 40 Mbps (the maximum speed offered will depend on your distance from the local exchange). It uses multiple copper pairs to achieve this throughput, which also increases the availability of the service. And it’s a fully managed end-to-end service, so businesses can simply connect it directly as Ethernet into their corporate firewall or router.

We’ve been really impressed with the reliability, performance and value of this new technology. So much so we’re in the process of expanding the current network into more business areas of Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. If your business is located elsewhere, we can also deliver solutions via our nationwide wholesale arrangements for high speed services.

More detailed information is available on our website; and if your business could benefit from this – please contact us today!

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