AAPT is sharpening its anti-Telstra arsenal after recently announcing a $60 million direct deal with Cisco and Bosch Telecom to build a broadband wireless network.
The network is touted as the first to use LDMS (Local Multi-point Distribution Service) technology after AAPT gained sole rights to use LMDS this year.
The Cisco and Bosch alliance is designed to deliver integrated voice, data and video services over the network, with the companies conducting joint product development, marketing, training and customer support.
The carrier aims to build 20 nodes in Australian capital cities and regional centres by October 1999, with a further 100 nodes added within three years.
According to Stephen Pickton, AAPT's group director, strategic development, the channel is not yet ready to handle a project of this size on its own.
"This is new technology, so you can only afford to be with the big players," he said. "It isn't a mass market project yet."
Pickton said Cisco put its reputation on notice to guarantee the project meets expectations, and won the deal because it offered an "end-to-end solution".
AAPT also has an existing relationship with the vendor as it uses Cisco's Stratacom equipment.
Pickton said Bosch was selected for its wireless capabilities. "They specialise in exactly the frequency we need," he said.
While LDMS is still an emerging technology, Pickton said AAPT is confident it will cater for growing integrated voice and data requirements.
"The beauty of this technology is it is scalable," he said.