Allows simple, cheap distribution of broadband services to guestrooms; no need to rewire every floor; opens up new revenue opportunities.

NetComm, a leading Australian provider of communications products and solutions, has introduced a new range of Internet Protocol Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexers (IP DSLAMs) to meet the rapidly growing demand among travellers for high-speed Internet broadband access in their rooms.

NetComm, a leading Australian provider of communications products and solutions, has introduced a new range of Internet Protocol Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexers (IP DSLAMs) to meet the rapidly growing demand among travellers for high-speed Internet broadband access in their rooms.

An IP DSLAM is a device installed in the basement of a hotel, motel, serviced apartment building or student accommodation to allow simple, cheap distribution of high-speed Internet services to the entire building using the existing phone line infrastructure. There is no need for the cost and disruption of rewiring every floor of the property, and voice and data can be carried on the same network without disrupting normal telephone services.

The rapid growth of broadband connections for homes and businesses has created higher expectations among travellers of being able to plug into a high-speed Internet connection quickly and easily, wherever they go, said David Stewart , Managing Director of NetComm. An IP DSLAM allows hotels, motels and other forms of accommodation to provide this service via their existing infrastructure.

NetComm IP DSLAMs are available in two models the micro version (NCT-1020) supporting up to 72 ports and a mini version (NCT-1000) that supports up to 288 ports.

The company also offers an Internet Access Controller the NetComm IAC4000 that links to the property management system and enables simple control of guest access to broadband services from the front desk and provides automated Internet billing for each individual room.

NetComm is already a leader in DSL modems and routers, which are the tail-end equipment for Internet connectivity. Now we have developed and launched these new IP DSLAMs to serve the other end of the solution, giving us the total product mix to provide to our customers, said David Stewart . Not only do these products enable services which are a very big selling point for the hospitality industry, they also open the door for related broadband services such as Voice over IP telephony and dedicated Video on Demand which are potentially very profitable facilities that an accommodation property could offer, he said.

NetComm have successful credentials in selling technology to the hospitality industry having offered its Wireless Internet Hotspot product for many years into smaller accommodation properties and the introduction of the IP DSLAM product is to cater for the growing demand for high-speed Internet from larger facilities.

The NCT-1020 and NCT-1000 IP DSLAMs and the IAC4000 Internet Access Controller are available now through NetComm. Call 9424-2070 or go to www.netcomm.com.au for more information.