Cisco lands 5-year $38m NBN contract

Cisco lands 5-year $38m NBN contract

Will supply multi-protocol layer switching on Cisco routers and firewalls to support the NCN

Cisco has landed a $38 million contract to provide equipment for the National Broadband Network's (NBN) national data connectivity network (NCN).

Cisco was awarded a five-year contract to supply multi-protocol layer switching on Cisco routers and firewalls to support the NCN.

The Cisco intelligent network technology will be deployed in NBN Co's depot, aggregation nodes and other key locations and will support the Operations Support System (OSS) and Business Support System (BSS) platforms, signalling and timing.

In particular, the NCN will play a key role in activating and assuring services as homes and businesses across Australia connect onto the NBN.

Cisco will commence work on the five-year project immediately.

"We are pleased to extend our relationship with Cisco as a supplier of data centre infrastructure to include the supply of a high-performing, highly secure network foundation composed of switches, routers and firewalls to support our NCN," NBN Co executive general manager of network architecture and technology, Tony Cross, said, in a statement.

"This equipment will enable communication between NBN Co's centralised operational staff and IT systems with the fibre, fixed wireless and satellite equipment situated at various locations across Australia. The remote control of this equipment, via the NCN, will allow new services to be activated and faults to be diagnosed and repaired quickly and efficiently across Australia," Cross said.

The win expands Cisco's role in the development of the NBN.

In late 2010, a consortium led by Cisco was awarded the contract to provide NBN Co with a data centre platform. Together with its technology partners EMC and VMware, Cisco was commissioned to build a scalable platform to run essential applications, including network management, inventory management, customer care, billing, service provisioning and fulfilment systems, as well as a web portal to support customer self-service and the corporate website.

Director of Service Provider and Cloud for Cisco Australia and New Zealand, Sam Gerner, was thrilled the company had been selected as preferred partner in the building of the NCN.

"We are very pleased with the success of the datacentre deployment at NBN Co to date, Gerner said. "This has been an important project for both organisations and has enabled industry-leading data centre capabilities for NBN Co's significant scale and flexibility requirements."

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