The partnership will enable the companies to provide voice services to Nextgen’s wholesale service provider customers and small businesses.
According to engin general manager of sales, Jack McKeon, the partnership comes at the right time as Australia prepares to move its fixed line phone services from copper to predominantly fibre-based IP via the NBN.
He said that it gives Australian ISPs the opportunity to buy complete NBN voice and data bundles from Nextgen without the cost of connecting directly to the NBN.
McKeon said though the rollout might be slower than anticipated, there is an opportunity arising as the telco industry market is worth $40 billion annually.
“The next five to 10 years are going to be very interesting in this industry as the NBN reshapes its landscape. There is a market disruption in front of us right now and we expect to benefit significantly from that change in terrain.
“It’s important that we’re ready to sell NBN products today. We provide data expertise to our channel partners and they can find all the communications products they need from one source,” he said.
Channel partners will be provided with the relevant induction pre-training, and ongoing training and support till the contract requirements are fulfilled.
The company will also be hiring a couple of general managers and support staff as a result of the agreement.
The plans start from $49.95, and for $64.90 customers can receive a voice and data service bundled together with unlimited local and national calls.
More information on the plans is available from http://www.engin.com.au/Broadband/NBN.aspx and http://www.engin.com.au/Voip/Voip.aspx.