Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Australia's National Broadband Network Selects Alcatel-Lucent for Optical

Nextgen Networks, which was recently selected to construct Australia's new broadband backbone infrastructure under the A$250 million Regional Backbone Blackspots Program, has picked Alcatel-Lucent to be its major optical equipment supplier. Alcatel-Lucent will deliver its long haul DWDM platform, photonic service switches (PSS) and transport service switches (TSS).

Alcatel-Lucent will provide its 1626 Light Manager (LM) and 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) regional DWDM solution, leveraging the unique Zero Touch Photonics approach to deliver high network performance and flexibility for service quality assurance including a world-first wavelength tracker to improve traffic monitoring and fault management within an optical network. The Alcatel-Lucent solution also includes the 1850 Transport Service Switch (TSS), a new class of multiservice transport platform that supports any mix of traffic, from all-circuit to all packet, with carrier class levels of reliability.

Alongside this, Alcatel-Lucent's network management services from its Global Network Operations Centre (GNOC) in Sydney, Australia, will provide round-the-clock support and service provisioning to Nextgen's Service Management Centre for best-in-class network operations.

The construction of backbone transmission links will provide access points to six priority blackspots for competitive backhaul in regional Australia, and will provide another 102 competitive backbone access points in every mainland State.

  • In July 2009, the Australian government appointed Mike Quigley as the Executive Chairman of the company established to deliver the National Broadband Network (NBNCo). Quigley most recently served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Alcatel-Lucent.

  • Also in 2009, the Rudd Government unveiled plans for a new national broadband network linking every house, school and business in Australia with affordable fast broadband. The plan calls for the government to set-up a new entity that would install fiber connections to ninety percent of Australian homes and businesses over an eight year period. The network will deliver wholesale services of 100 Mbps or better.