IP voice communications provider, Symbio Networks - a subsidiary of MNF Group - has struck a partnership with internet service provider (ISP), MyRepublic, as the company steps into the Australian market to challenge local incumbents.
MyRepublic is a Singapore-based ISP, purpose-built in 2011 to maximise the potential of the national broadband networks across the region by providing super-fast broadband plans.
Following its launch in New Zealand in 2014, the company is now looking to bring Australian customers fast internet speeds and localised customer service.
MyRepublic officially landed in the Australian market in November, with the company's leadership expecting to prompt local telecommunications providers to change the way they do business within months of its local launch.
Backed by Symbio wholesale call termination services, MyRepublic will deliver VoIP over the National Broadband Network (NBN) and ADSL to end-users, and will use Symbio’s application programming interface (API) for automated number porting.
The deal is aimed at letting MyRepublic leverage Symbio’s smart networks for its voice offering and local call termination services, delivered via SIP [Session Initiation Protocol] trunking on the Symbio network.
A data centre cross connect will also provide a direct link between MyRepublic and Symbio’s network-enabling voice traffic to travel on a direct link instead of over the public internet.
“Symbio call termination services, together with the number porting and ordering API will enable MyRepublic to deliver high quality voice services to their customers, and do so more efficiently,” Symbio CEO, Rene Sugo, said.
“Combined with their NBN and ADSL offerings, this allows MyRepublic to deliver a complete home telecommunications solution.”
MyRepublic vice president of engineering and operations, Kevin Harshaw, said the partnership will accelerate the company’s expansion in the Australian market.
“As telecommunications infrastructure increasingly moves into the cloud, providers with smart networks that can deliver increased automation and flexibility via APIs will gain an edge over the more traditional networks,” he added.
The deal comes as the Productivity Commission recommends the government replace Telstra's Universal Service Obligation (USO) to provide fixed-line phone services, claiming that the arrangement “no longer serves the best interests of the Australian community”, according to a recent report.
Instead, the Productivity Commission recommended that it should opt for VoIP and other such services over the National Broadband Network (NBN), which is expected to be completed in 2020 by the company building the network, nbn.
“While not explicitly subject to a universal service ‘obligation’, nbn has a mandate to deliver high-speed broadband to all households and businesses in Australia by 2020,” it said in statement.
“Even though nbn is focused on providing data services, NBN infrastructure will have an intrinsic capacity to provide a high quality telephone service,” it said.