Ihug to expand into Melbourne

The Internet Group (Ihug) is to extend its Australian presence to Melbourne. Wellington-based Ihug launched its Sydney service on February 1, offering an access plan similar to those it sells in this country, and says it is adding 40 to 60 new customers a day in that city

The Internet Group (Ihug) is to extend its Australian presence to Melbourne.

Wellington-based Ihug launched its Sydney service on February 1, offering an access plan similar to those it sells in this country, and says it is adding 40 to 60 new customers a day in that city — about the same rate as it currently does in Auckland. Its flat-rate Diamond account is $A25.95 per month.

Ihug director Tim Wood says the expansion to Melbourne is provisionally set down for September.

Meanwhile, Wood says Ihug customers should notice better performance from the ISP’s mail server now that technical staff have used features in the latest version of SendMail to prevent mail-bomb relaying.

Wood says users from within New Zealand have been using Ihug’s SMTP server to bounce huge mail loads at various targets. The new measures to prevent such relaying have dropped the server’s average load “right down” he says.

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