Aussie Broadband overhauling core network

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Friday, 08 February, 2019

Aussie Broadband overhauling core network

ISP Aussie Broadband is upgrading its core network to allow the company to scale to half a million subscribers.

Aussie Broadband has selected Cisco as the primary network equipment vendor for the upgrade, which includes a new 400G backbone between the operator’s points of presence (POPs) within the same state.

The upgraded network also includes a 200G link between Melbourne and Sydney, 100G between Perth and Sydney, 100G between Perth and Melbourne, 40G between Sydney and Brisbane, 20G between Adelaide and Sydney and 10G between Adelaide and Perth.

Meanwhile, the company is close to completing the deployment of protected 10G links to all nbn points of interconnect besides Tasmania.

Aussie Broadband has also purchased IP transit capacity on multiple international subsea cables, including both legs of the Southern Cross and the new Hawaiki Cable System through partner Telstra Wholesale, and the Australia Singapore Cable operated by Vocus Communications.

“This rollout has been a massive effort on behalf of all those involved — particularly our network team and our partners at Telstra Wholesale — but is starting to show strong benefits including a reduction in areas affected by our 80% stop-sell policy, and a reduced number of outages,” Aussie Broadband Managing Director Phillip Britt said.

“The end goal is always improving the customer experience. Customers will enjoy an even better performance from their streaming services and gamers will notice a reduction in ping times.”

In a post to Australian broadband web forum Whirlpool, Britt said the upgrade involves “replacing virtually every piece of equipment in the network”, with an upgrade across Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne expected to be complete by the end of March.

He added that the company will “more than likely” extend the 10G POI upgrade to Tasmania in the next couple of months.

Aussie Broadband reached the milestone of having 100,000 nbn customers connected in January.

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