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Optus expands NBN wholesale offerings Featured


Optus Wholesale continues to ramp up NBN wholesale offers with the introduction of state-based, national and hybrid aggregation models which it says will deliver greater flexibility for its customers.

The telco says it is now offering connectivity to the 121 points of interconnect (POIs) on the NBN at eight key commercial data centre locations across four states, as well as being one of the first wholesale providers to introduce Hybrid Fibre Co-Axial (HFC) NBN access.

John Castro, head of marketing and strategy for Optus Wholesale, says the telco sees “significant opportunity” for its business in the wholesale NBN segment. “Optus’ wholesale NBN offering provides Optus wholesale customers with cost effective access via a single or multiple aggregation points around the country over our Carrier Ethernet network.”

Castro says through Optus’ new network architecture, wholesale customers can take advantage of access to the NBN by connecting from their network to aggregated virtual circuits (AGVC) from data centres in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and with a centre earmarked in Adelaide.

“This means wholesale customers can realise improved efficiencies, and offer lower latency for end customers, for example a WA based wholesale end user will experience better latency from a WA-based data centre, rather than one previously based in Sydney – due to the data centre’s proximity to the end customer.”

In an announcement on Monday, Castro confirmed wholesale NBN and telecommunications provider The Grex Group, would use Optus’ expanded NBN offering, attracted by flexibility of pricing and accessibility through key data centres.

“Optus Wholesale is also one of the first wholesalers to offer HFC to customers following a successful commercial test pilot.

“With these product developments, we’re able to offer scalability to connect to the available NBN multi technology mix footprint. In addition, we can support the appetite for the higher bandwidth demand of NBN end consumers and allow service providers the flexibility to grow and change NBN infrastructure.”

With its latest offerings, Optus is providing Layer 2 wholesale aggregation to all 121 permanent NBN POIs and access technologies available from NBN, via its Residential Broadband over NBN product (RBBoNBN).

And, in addition to wholesale NBN access, Optus also wholesales ULL, voice, enterprise and carrier data services, along with pre-paid, post-paid and mobile broadband services.


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