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Optus Wholesale progresses on NBN business grade broadband

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Optus Wholesale says the delivery of enterprise-grade NBN network offerings will allow its wholesale customers to benefit from fast and reliable broadband.

The telco is continuing to build out its NBN network offerings for wholesale customers, announcing on Thursday the introduction of Ethernet over NBN (Eonbn), access for Evolve Internet and Evolve IPVPN service.

According to Optus Wholesale, customers will benefit from broadband for business critical and bandwidth-intensive Layer 2 and Layer 3 data and IP needs, such as video conferencing, Wide Area Networks (WAN), private VPN networks, internet access and improved access to cloud-based services.

John Castro, vice-president, Sales and Marketing, Optus Wholesale, says the new offerings complement the launch of Evolve Ethernet WAN (EWAN) services announced in December 2016, giving Optus Wholesale a suite of NBN- ready data and IP products.  

And, in addition, Optus says it is actively developing Evolve Voice via Eonbn.

“This new technology means Optus Wholesale can deliver wholesale partners enterprise grade data services over the NBN network in addition to our existing fibre and copper networks to deliver more reach and flexibility,” Castro says.

“There is an increasing appetite to deliver more business and enterprise products across the NBN network and we are proud to have led the market with the delivery of these.

“In addition, recent reports from the ACCC show a low volume of active TC-2 services in Australia, less than 2000 as of March 2017.  

“Optus Wholesale expects to make strong inroads into this segment with this suite of products using Eonbn access.”

The supported NBN access technologies via Eonbn are fibre to the premises (FttP), fibre to the basement (FttB) and fibre to the node (FttN).

NBN Co executive general manager Ben Salmon welcomed Optus’ decision to launch wholesale business grade broadband services, saying that increased competition in the Australian telco market offered more choice for businesses in terms of price, speed and service provider.

“We are already seeing the benefits of businesses who have successfully connected to retail services over the NBN network and are now embracing applications such as cloud storage, video collaboration and accounting tools to maximise efficiency, lower operating costs and improve work/life balance.

“With almost one in two homes and businesses now able to order an NBN service from their retailer, we encourage all Australian businesses to start preparing to make the switch as soon as possible,” Salmon said.

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