nbn co signs $100m deal with Macquarie Telecom

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Thursday, 28 June, 2018

nbn co signs $100m deal with Macquarie Telecom

The nbn’s enterprise operations have received a major boost with the signing of a more than $100 million milestone agreement with Macquarie Telecom.

Under the six-year agreement, Macquarie will provide nbn business class services, including its full suite of voice, internet, data and SD-WAN products, over nbn co’s multitechnology mix.

Macquarie will establish a dedicated team of 50 new employees to act as nbn service delivery, assurance and support staff for its customers.

The services will use nbn co’s business-grade products, including asymmetrical, symmetrical and Enterprise Ethernet capabilities, delivered over a virtual network-to-network link. Macquarie will provide full-fibre builds on customer request for customers outside the FTTP footprint.

“Our partnership is an opportunity for customers to develop their nbn-readiness plan with our help. The nbn access network will touch every business in Australia now or in the near future,” Macquarie Telecom Group Executive Luke Clifton said.

“Those organisations which capitalise will have a futureproof investment through which they can meet today’s business needs, while securing long-term choice for their organisations. We’re taking an untelco, proactive approach to the nbn access network, where other telcos are using it as a last resort and not putting customers first.”

nbn co Chief Customer Officer Paul Tyler said the agreement represents another significant milestone for the company’s enterprise operations, which have grown significantly since just three years ago, when its dedicated business unit was a one-person operation.

“nbn co’s agreement with Macquarie is one we hope will be the prototype for what we can achieve in the future with other providers eager to serve the nation’s businesses, whether they are small or large,” he said.

“It also demonstrates our underlying network infrastructure is enterprise ready and we are well and truly open for business.”

Tyler said nbn co plans to launch a wholesale direct fibre broadband service later this year, the nbn Enterprise Ethernet solution, that will deliver symmetrical speeds of up to 1 Gbps.

Image courtesy nbn co.

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