Macquarie Telecom has joined the National Broadband Network (NBN) fibre trials and has initiated its year-long NBN-ready program.
NBN Co has confirmed the business telco provider’s participation.
Macquarie Telecom will be going through the on-boarding process to become a certified NBN service provider.
Macquarie Telecom has been a strong proponent of the NBN.
With the agreement now inked, the company has embarked on its NBN-ready program which will run until June 2012 which will see Macquarie Telecom to “take full advantage of the increased connectivity and bandwidth offered by the NBN”.
The project will see the telco revisit all its products to make them able to be transposed or migrated onto the NBN seamlessly. The objective is to ensure customers will be able to have a higher quality of service and continued support as the NBN rolls out across Australia.
"We have had expectations of the NBN in the press for some time largely with political debates, technical debates and regulatory debates," Macquarie Telecom telco group executive, Chris Greig, told ARN. "We think it's now time to talk about how we are going to roll that out into the business.
"We are effectively adding another [wholesale] carrier to the abilities we have so we want to be able to tell customers we have thought this through and they are future-proofed."
The rest of the year will be spent mainly on mapping of the products although this process is heavily dependent on the NBN product roadmap itself, he said.
"We have to overlay those two because being a business-only telco, our customer demographics are somewhat different to other players," Greig said.
The company has a lot of clients with multiple branch offices across the country. With the NBN being rolled out gradually, the network may not cover each of those offices. Macquarie Telecom wants to be ready to meet customer needs as NBN services become available in different areas.
Macquarie Telecom is also looking to refine its Internet and data services as a result of the deal.
““We have already begun to look at the ways in which our existing hosting, data and communications services can be adapted and renewed to best effect in this radically different business environment,” Macquarie Telecom managing director for hosting, Aidan Tudehope, said in a statement.
“With NBN on-board testing now commencing Macquarie Telecom is confident that it will hold a strong competitive advantage in this regard when the NBN is released more broadly to market next year.”
So far 24 companies have signed on to trial the NBN.
The NBN is scheduled to be completed by 2020.