Tuesday, 11 December 2018 11:04

TasmaNet delivers superfast NBN broadband to Hobart college Featured


Tasmanian communications and cloud services provider TasmaNet has completed a deal to deliver superfast broadband using new NBN Enterprise Ethernet fibre technology, commissioning a 1Gbps connection for St Michael’s Collegiate School in Hobart.

Claiming a position as “the first Internet service provider in Australia to deliver superfast broadband using new NBN Enterprise Ethernet fibre technology”, TasmaNet says it successfully commissioned the 1Gbps connection for St Michael’s on Tuesday.

TasmaNet managing director Joel Harris said that “being first in the nation” was becoming “business as usual for the Hobart-based company”.

“TasmaNet ordered the first 1Gbps connection in Australia, delivered over the existing National Broadband Network in 2017, for a wholesale customer, and we worked hard to be first in Australia to order and deliver the new NBN Enterprise Ethernet fibre technology,” Harris said.

“We realised immediately how useful the new Enterprise Ethernet technology would be for the business, education, and government customers who rely on us to deliver specialised connection, data protection, and cloud computing solutions.”


TasmaNet managing director Joel Harris with NBN Co chief executive Stephen Rue and students at St Michael's Collegiate School in Hobart.

TasmaNet says NBN Enterprise Ethernet requires a dedicated point-to-point fibre connection to be extended from the existing national broadband network into the customer’s premises, and “by bringing fibre optic cable to potentially any premises within the NBN fixed line footprint and delivering symmetrical data upload and download performance, Enterprise Ethernet offers a cost-effective way to achieve the kind of superfast, dependable fibre connectivity critical to future business innovation, education, and service delivery”.

“St Michael’s Collegiate director of ICT, Tim Innes-Brown, is the kind of innovative IT professional TasmaNet loves to partner with; he understood how Enterprise Ethernet fit with Collegiate’s focus on STEM and a digital learning environment and trusted our relationship enough to order the service on the first day it became available from NBN Co,” Harris said.

“Tim and TasmaNet account manager Brendan Cooper worked closely with NBN Co and our technical staff to ensure that the fibre build and service connection happened smoothly, and the project delivery has exceeded our expectations.”

According to Harris, the milestone once again demonstrated how smaller regional technology companies could compete against their much larger rivals thanks to the NBN.  

“TasmaNet was formed by a group of mates to bring digital services to poorly served communities in Tasmania, we’ve always been more focused on solving interesting problems that deliver the outcomes our customers need rather than bringing predetermined products to the mass market.

“TasmaNet decided early on to become one of the few accredited NBN Wholesale Service Providers in the country so that we could control every aspect of our service delivery without relying on one of the ‘Big 4’ telco companies who, directly or indirectly, have captured some 96% of the Australian broadband market.

“We can deliver business grade, unlimited, uncrowded broadband nationally from our Tasmanian base using the NBN, and the superfast fibre connectivity offered by Enterprise Ethernet unlocks the full benefits of our integrated networking, data protection, and cloud management platform.”

Harris said that developments like Enterprise Ethernet would help to grow the Tasmanian economy and increase demand for highly skilled IT employees in the state.

“High-quality connectivity reduces Tasmania’s traditional geographic disadvantage and means that the TasmaNet team can compete nationally and internationally while living in one of the best places on the planet – we love it!”


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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).



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