In a statement, the company said its initial work involved connecting its existing fibre networks to six regional NBN PoIs in Toowoomba, Bundaberg, Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville, and Cairns.
The project was undertaken because regional Queensland has to pay much higher telecommunications costs than metropolitan areas.
The NBN Co's recent announcement that Enterprise Ethernet costs would be reduced would help alleviate the problem to some extent, but this will not happen across the entire state.
QCN Fibre is rolling out Ciena’s Waveserver Ai compact interconnect platform powered with programmable 400G coherent optics across its edge environment. Leveraging its DWDM infrastructure, QCN Fibre is also deploying Ciena’s MEF 3.0 certified 5170 Platform.
The firm will offer 1GbE, 10GbE and 100GbE NBN backhaul options and is planning to provide VNNI backhaul services to further assist smaller local ISPs scale and grow and minimise the need to invest in expensive infrastructure.
“Our launch strategy was to activate services to these key regional centres by mid-2020. We have achieved that,” said Merdith. “Now, we continue to improve coverage, capacity and competition throughout Queensland, through connecting to all 22 NBN PoIs.”
“As a small and dynamic organisation, we can quickly adapt our strategies to meet our customers’ needs. When we inspected the more than 12,000km of fibre we inherited from our parent companies, Energy Queensland and Powerlink, and considered current market conditions, connecting to all 22 PoIs became both technically achievable and a competitive necessity.”
“Today, there are only two primary backhaul providers to the six regional PoIs. Whilst NBN provides some competition, small ISPs must ultimately rely on a limited range of suppliers for backhaul services from the PoI to Brisbane. Regional backhaul currently costs several times that of metropolitan backhaul.”
“QCN Fibre’s NBN backhaul strategy is critical in supporting local businesses across regional Queensland. Through lowering backhaul prices, our customers should be able to lower the cost of NBN business grade services to our regions. Levelling the playing field means that NBN ISPs can compete with the national carriers.”