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Extends DSLAM network in multi-million dollar investment

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NEC Australia has made the first significant investment in its Nextep network in five years with the upgrade of its regional DSLAM and MPLS core networks.

The extensive upgrade geared to providing regional business users with high speed network connectivity, is part of the Federal Government’s Regional Backbone Blackspots Program.

While the vendor would not reveal the level of investment, the company claimed it was a “very significant, multi-million dollar” spend.

NEC is rolling out 62 new DSLAMs across five backbone links in regional areas of New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, Northern Territory and Western Australia. Three links are now operational and offering services, with the final two links scheduled for completion by the end of 2011.

“In most of the cases we are the first wholesale providers in those towns. So regional communities are immediately benefitting from the expansion and delivery of value added services,” said NEC Nextep network technology manager, Richard McCarthy.

NEC has one of Australia’s largest DSLAM networks and is now offering value added services including high speed national private networks, support for ‘triple play’ services on a common backbone and cloud-based solutions via internet or private networks.

The network has yet to forge any kind of formal relationship with NBN Co. NEC’s director of solutions management and sales Chris Munro said “we are watching the NBN development closely and watching with great interest.” ®

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