nbn co accelerates enterprise play

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Tuesday, 06 February, 2018

nbn co accelerates enterprise play

In a bid to accelerate its entry into the enterprise market, nbn co has launched an industry trial with Telstra, Vocus and TPG Telecom covering the design and construction of a blazing-fast direct fibre product.

The nbn enterprise Ethernet service will initially be able to achieve speeds of up to 1 Gbps symmetrical, and will deliver increased service and activation support for large business and government products.

Telstra, Vocus and TPG will all work with nbn co’s newly established enterprise division to ensure the product meets the quality and cost-effectiveness standards demanded by enterprise customers. Retail services are expected to be commercially available in the third quarter.

“The nbn Enterprise Ethernet product is designed to meet international enterprise broadband standards and can provide large organisations with the ability to run data-intensive applications such as virtual private networks (VPNs), multiple voice lines and cloud-based solutions,” nbn co Chief Customer Officer John Simon said.

He said that during the early stages of the trial, the retail service providers will identify a number of business customers with varying construction and broadband requirements, to allow nbn co to test the infrastructure design and build.

“As we near closer to launch, we will begin to test the performance of the product as well as internal processes to ensure we are positioned to meet the growing needs of enterprises. The trial will give retailers the opportunity to provide feedback on the design and delivery of the product and ensure it is a competitive and valuable option for their enterprise customers.”

Separately, nbn co has awarded global remote communications and IT services company Speedcast International, through subsidiary Speedcast Managed Services, a $184 million contract to deliver wholesale enterprise-grade satellite services over nbn co’s two Sky Muster satellites.

The 10-year agreement covers the design, build and management of the network and service operation of the enterprise-grade wholesale satellite service. The services are expected to be available by early next year.

According to nbn co, around 84,000 of the planned 240,000 active Sky Muster services have been activated. The satellite service has been designed to serve the roughly 3% of premises in regional and remote Australia that will not be covered by fixed line or fixed wireless nbn services.

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