Sydney is the site that has been chosen for Sita and Equant's first regional internetworking management centre (IMC) which is now up and running.
Australia was selected because of its strong domestic market for IP solutions -- despite Federal Government regulatory policy -- according to Sita and Equant officials.
Beth Jackson, regional vice president of Sita, said she was disappointed with Australian Government regulatory policy. Her main concern was the lack of options in choosing a supplier for digital access in Australia. She said lack of competition in the local market had raised prices to the detriment of Internet Protocol (IP) network providers and Australian business.
Millions of dollars worth of business has gone to Singapore rather than Sydney because half circuits are too highly priced in Australia, she said.
The management centre, with a claimed set up cost of $1 million, was established to support Sita and Equant's customers' Internet Protocol networks, she said. The centre provides a single point of contact for end-to-end management of routers, Frame Relay Access Devices and other internetworking devices.