Feeds

iiNet swallows Internode a month early

Didn’t touch the sides

Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL

iiNet has announced that its acquisition of Internode has been completed a month ahead of schedule.

The $AU105 million purchase first announced in December was subject to “administrative conditions” which iiNet says have “now been satisfied” (suggesting, perhaps, that the usual business of trying to work out whether a company’s accounts are actually accurate was easier in Internode’s case than iiNet anticipated).

iiNet CEO Michael Malone says the acquisition has been “well received” both by Internode’s customers and its staff.

Internode founder Simon Hackett was also quick to comment on the process, noting on a Whirlpool forum that the two companies “overachieved (in a good way)”. He also reiterated that for now, the two operations remain at arm’s-length.

Whether Internode remains a separate operation in the long term, Hackett could not guarantee. With a long list of matters still under discussion, he said the completion of the acquisition was “the end of the beginning” rather than the other way around.

The purchase is part of an ongoing consolidation at the upper end of Australia’s Internet services market as the National Broadband Network rolls out. Regardless of the long-term fate of Australia’s hundreds of small retail-only ISPs, the second tier operators no longer see their ability to build and operate DSLAM networks as a market differentiator.

Whether the consolidation remains a good idea in the long term will presumably depend on whether a change of government would see an abandonment of the NBN. Yesterday, opposition leader Tony Abbott reiterated his party’s opposition to the government spending “$AU50 billion” on the project, promising instead to redirect funding to road-building.

Mr Abbott did not explain, and was not asked by the ignorant hand-fed lapdogs that comprise the Canberra press gallery how shifting an off-budget investment to an on-budget spend could be achieved without harming the Federal Government’s financial position. ®

Website security in corporate America

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Israeli spies rebel over mass-snooping on innocent Palestinians
'Disciplinary treatment will be sharp and clear' vow spy-chiefs
Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s
The iKing thinks telly is far too fiddly and ugly – basically, iTunes
Huawei ditches new Windows Phone mobe plans, blames poor sales
Giganto mobe firm slams door shut on Microsoft. OH DEAR
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Found inside ISIS terror chap's laptop: CELINE DION tunes
REPORT: Stash of terrorist material found in Syria Dell box
Show us your Five-Eyes SECRETS says Privacy International
Refusal to disclose GCHQ canteen menus and prices triggers Euro Human Rights Court action
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.