NTT Australia has deployed a global managed network for rare earths mining company, Lynas Corporation Limited (ASX: LYC).
Under the deal, NTT provided a fully integrated and secure ICT solution consisting of a managed network that entails QoS and end-to-end Cisco router management, WAN performance optimisation, managed internet security solution with managed firewalls for satellite offices.
Datacentre services will be provided out of NTT’s Malaysia and Sydney-based datacentres.
Recognising the need to streamline its communications in preparation for imminent growth, Lynas decided that a locked-down, dedicated network was needed to support the large increase in global traffic envisioned for its network.
Lynas, an ASX 100 company, is set to offer the first new production of rare earths outside of China in the third quarter of this year.
Rare earths, a unique group of 15 chemical elements that underpin many technologies, are in short supply worldwide.
Wind turbines, hybrid vehicles, rechargeable batteries, mobile handsets including iPhones, plasma and flatscreen liquid crystal display (LCD) televisions, disk drives and catalytic converters are all dependent on the properties provided by rare earths.
Lynas, which owns the richest known deposit of rare earths in the world in Mount Weld, WA, is building a concentration plant near the mine site and a state-of-the-art rare earths processing plant, the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP), in Malaysia.
Lynas infrastructure manager, Gillian Kidson, said a network with a global footprint was essential, but it was also a sticking point at the start of their search for an ICT partner.
“The provider that we approached originally was unable to deliver all the services we required, including in Malaysia. This was a critical location for us and we knew we needed a provider that could cover our critical geographies and beyond,” Kidson said. “We didn’t want to break up the components and needed a single provider.”
Lynas initially engaged NTT Communications to resolve its datacentre problems in Malaysia, and had briefed NTT on a global solution it required.
The responsiveness and support from NTT Com and the project team members ensured the overall process ran smoothly, and that individual processes could be escalated whenever a quick resolution was required.
“Throughout the rollout we worked closely with our project manager and a talented engineering team who were able to deliver all services as per the project plan,” Kidson said.