Australia's first purpose-built national IP (Internet protocol) network will begin operations in October following the raising of $175 million in development funds, according to the network's developer Comindico Holdings. The network will be fully complete with 66 POPs (points of presence) around the country by early next year, Comindico said in a statement.
The network will be marketed to ISPs (Internet service providers), telecommunications carriers and large companies on a wholesale basis, to sell voice, messaging and multimedia services and products, the company said.
When it comes to data-traffic applications which are responsible for most of the telecommunications growth in Australia now, purpose-built IP networks have several advantages over traditional circuit-switched networks, Comindico said.
Comindico will not install or lay new area-wide cables. Instead, it will use the existing ATM (Asynchronous Transfer Mode) backbones and local loop circuits of other carriers to transmit traffic through IP packet switching, the company said.
Comindico has already signed interconnect agreements with Australia's first-tier carriers and has completed successful SS7 (Signalling System 7) IP-to-PSTN (public switched telephone network) interconnect testing.
Network hardware will be provided by Cisco Systems, which will also provide vendor financing for the network roll-out. Sydney-based Open Telecommunications will be responsible for the design, architecture, integration and provision of the enabling software of the network, according to Comindico.