The Internet Group (Ihug) is to extend its Australian presence to to Melbourne.
Ihug launched its Sydney-based service on February 1, offering a access plan similar to those it sells in this country, and is now 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 A$25.95 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 mailserver now that technical staff have used featurees 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.