Macquarie Telecom pens NBN deal

Trial agreement to force Macquarie to redefine its range of internet and data services

Macquarie Telecom (ASX: MAQ) has become the latest telco to sign a trial agreement the NBN Co, beginning a program to take advantage of the National Broadband Network (NBN) once it becomes operational.

A statement from the telco said its NBN-Ready program would be completed by June 2012; two months prior the NBN becoming market-ready.

The trial agreement also requires Macquarie to redefine its range of internet and data services to suit the new business climate created by the NBN, with the telco conducting on-board service testing and technical systems assessments in the next few months.

Macquarie Telecom’s managing director of hosting, Aidan Tudehope, said the opportunity to work with NBN Co will enable the use of Cloud and other technologies.

“Access to faster broadband will no doubt boost business productivity, allowing for a far greater uptake of VoIP, network and Cloud applications than ever before,” he said.

“We have already begun to look at the ways in which our existing hosting, data and communications services can be adapted and renewed to best effect in this radically different business environment.”

Earlier this month, NetComm (ASX: NTC) penned a deal with NBN Co, enabling Australians in rural and regional areas to be connected to the NBN Co's 2.3Ghz LTE fixed-wireless broadband network .

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