Broadband deal signed
Wholesale broadband applications and services company Request has entered into a reciprocal agreement with Optus for the supply of broadband DSL-based products and services. The deal will enable both providers to enhance product offerings and geographical coverage. Request will utilise a full range of DSL access services from Optus in 55 exchange areas it does not cover. Optus will purchase DSL services based on Request core and extended network coverage areas, enabling high-speed internet access and broadband IP VPN in more than 800 metropolitan and regional exchange areas.
Going the long way
Telecommunications equipment and services company Marconi and wholesale carrier IP1 have started transmission on the world’s longest overland broadband cable link without regeneration. The high-speed fibre optic cable links Perth and Melbourne via Adelaide, with Marconi’s UPLx160 equipment used for the Adelaide-Perth section of the network. UPLx160 provides up to 160 wavelengths at 10 gigabits per second up to a range of 3,000km with upgrades planned to increase this to 5,000kms. Marconi claims the technology will revolutionise the transmission of data over vast distances, providing cost benefits to carriers by eliminating the need for regeneration along the network while lowering costs and increasing network reliability for customers.
NEC wins Malay contract
NEC Australia has won a three-year contract to supply turnkey broadband ADSL systems to Telekom Malaysia, with an initial $7.5 million phase due to be operational by the end of the month. Covering delivery and support of broadband ADSL and SHDSL, the deal will allow Telekom Malaysia to expand existing services and migrate to new ones.