Perth fibre optic network nears completion

Western Australian service provider Swiftel has announced its fibre optic cabling roll-out through the Perth CBD in nearing completion, appointing Solution 6 subsidiary AlphaWest to install and maintain Cisco networking equipment to finish the project.

The project is expected to be complete by November, the first time businesses in the Perth CBD will gain access to high-bandwidth data connections.

Swiftel founder and CEO Chris Gale believes that Western Australia has been ignored by the major carriers when it comes to gaining access to IP based, carrier-grade networks.

"In Western Australia, there is Telstra and Optus and AAPT, but they are only offering ATM frame relay and ISDN services," he said. "As far as Fibre Optic goes, there's nothing. There's really not enough focus here from the carriers."

Next month, Swiftel will begin selling wholesale bandwidth for large corporations and Government in the Perth CBD. It will also offer small and medium sized businesses a 2Mb service. Gale anticipates a healthy uptake for the services, and plans to continue pushing networks through other areas of Western Australia.

"This rollout focuses on the Perth CBD, but we plan to rollout a similar service in surrounding areas by the first two quarters of next year," he said.