NBN Co, the company behind Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN), has added at least three more years to its fixed wireless and satellite managed services partnership with Ericsson.
NBN Co partnered up with Ericsson in June 2011 to help it roll out its 4G LTE fixed-wireless network for rural and remote areas as part of the NBN deployment. The 10-year deal was worth $1.1 billion upon its signing.
The network builder subsequently handed Ericsson Australia a four-year expansion to the existing contract in July 2014 to include the operation of the ground component of its long-term satellite solution (LTSS) -- serviced by NBN Co’s two Sky Muster satellites -- and end user connections and assurance services.
The contract also included provisions for Ericsson to migrate NBN Co’s 42,000 interim satellite users to the long-term satellite service.
Now, NBN Co has announced it will continue its fixed wireless and Sky Muster managed services partnership with Ericsson through to 2020.
Under the deal, Ericsson will continue to be responsible for NBNCo’s fixed wireless network operations, ground systems operations for the Sky Muster network, as well as customer connections and assurance for both technologies.
“As we extend our strategic partnership with NBN Co, we look forward to continuing the delivery of fixed wireless and satellite services to regional and rural Australia,” Ericsson Australia and New Zealand managing director, Emilio Romeo, said.
“The availability of ubiquitous broadband to homes and businesses across Australia will help to bridge the digital divide and support economic and community growth,” Romeo said.
The deal comes as NBN Co builds out its channel ecosystem, recently appointing Craig Bovaird and Andrew Charitou as ICT channel managers.
Bovaird joined from Ingram Micro where he was the national sales manager for cloud solutions for almost four years, with a responsibility for building the distributor's cloud channel program.
Revealed via social media, Bovaird said he decided to take up a fresh challenge for 2018 by joining the new ICT channel program team.
"One week in and seeing the work Keith and the team have already built, I’m really looking forward to 2018 and building out another great initiative for our channel partners,” Bovaird wrote via LinkedIn.
Charitou, who joined NBN Co in November, has worked for Telstra, Macquarie Telecom, OfficeMax Australia and Avansus, with extensive channel experience across Australia.