Feeds

NBN downstream wholesale arrives, courtesy of Nextgen

Entry-level for smaller ISPs

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

One of the criticisms of Australia’s National Broadband Network – a case prosecuted by Internode founder Simon Hackett, among others – is that product suites offered by NBN Co don’t suit smaller ISPs.

Nextgen Networks is seeking to address that by crafting an alternative wholesale product. The company says its “NBN Connect” suite has already signed its first customers.

NBN Connect includes connectivity to NBN points of interconnect (PoIs) – a key feature, since PoI access is difficult to achieve for any ISP without national scale.

This is because the NBN is designed as a last-mile network only (so as not to compete with the privately-owned long-haul fibre networks that service most Australian cities and a number of regional centres). Each cluster of end users in a fibre serving area (FSA) is directly accessible only through the PoI that serves those customers (currently, NBN Co plans 121 PoIs around the country).

If an ISP dealing directly with NBN Co wants to achieve national connectivity, it would eventually have to obtain a connection to each of those 121 PoIs. By creating a downstream wholesale product, Nextgen says it is solving the problem of PoI access for ISPs that can’t make such purchases in their own right.

Instead, ISPs need only make connection to a data centre in which Nextgen has fibre connected, and it will deliver their traffic to the PoI. As well as its own data centres and those owned by its parent company Leighton (such as those under the Metronode brand), Nextgen claims a presence in most of Australia’s major data centres.

The product suite also offers features attractive to larger ISPs, with the company citing QoS features, private Layer 2 networking to NBN PoIs, or the option to buy fully private transmission capacity to PoIs.

And it probably won’t be too long before the offering expands to include international transit, since Leighton is the backer of a planned submarine cable to be constructed in 2013.

In other NBN news, the Australian Financial Review today claims that Optus is close to signing an agreement with NBN Co to move broadband customers off its cable networks and onto the NBN.

The AFR story says the customer transfer will be worth somewhere between A$500 million and A$1 billion.

After the migration, the Optus HFC network would support only its pay TV customer base. Presumably, those customers using the HFC network for telephony would also be migrated to the NBN, with Optus acting as retailer to those customers. ®

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
UK fuzz want PINCODES on ALL mobile phones
Met Police calls for mandatory passwords on all new mobes
Canadian ISP Shaw falls over with 'routing' sickness
How sure are you of cloud computing now?
Don't call it throttling: Ericsson 'priority' tech gives users their own slice of spectrum
Actually it's a nifty trick - at least you'll pay for what you get
Three floats Jolla in Hong Kong: Says Sailfish is '3rd option'
Network throws hat into ring with Linux-powered handsets
Fifteen zero days found in hacker router comp romp
Four routers rooted in SOHOpelessly Broken challenge
New Sprint CEO says he will lower axe on staff – but prices come first
'Very disruptive' new rates to be revealed next week
PwC says US biz lagging in Internet of Things
Grass is greener in Asia, say the sensors
Ofcom sees RISE OF THE MACHINE-to-machine cell comms
Study spots 9% growth in IoT m2m mobile data connections
O2 vs Vodafone: Mobe firms grab for GCHQ, gov.uk security badge
No, the spooks love US best, say rival firms
Ancient pager tech SMS: It works, it's fab, but wow, get a load of that incoming SPAM
Networks' main issue: they don't know how it works, says expert
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.