NEC to expand broadband services following NBN Co contract

Vendor will tout wholesale voice, broadband and data offerings to ISPs via the NBN later this year

NEC Australia has signed a wholesale broadband agreement (WBA) with NBN Co allowing it to offer broadband services over the National Broadband Network (NBN) by mid-2012.

The company will provide wholesale aggregation services, such as data and voice, through its Nextep division to small and medium (SMB) internet service providers (ISPs) and Cloud services companies.

NEC Australia Nextep general manager, Mark Grooby, told Computerworld Australia that ISPs will also gain access to the company’s Cloud telephony and Cloud contact centre offerings such as virtual PABX.

“These offerings will provide an alternative for ISPs, telcos or IT businesses that may otherwise be edged out of the market by the major providers to purchase wholesale services,” Grooby said.

“We’ve been in the [Australian] market for 10 years and our traditional partner base has been the smaller players.”

NEC Australia managing director, Alan Hyde said in a statement that a “lengthy consultation process” was taken to ensure that the agreement signed with NBN Co provided the best value and service to customers.

Nextep operates its own regional digital subscriber line access multiplexer (DSLAM) network which covers 92 per cent of Australia. In December last year, NEC Australia added 62 new DSLAMs across five backbone lines in remote areas of New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, Northern Territory and West Australia.

The Nextep fibre network is part of a $250 million NBN Regional Backbone Blackspots Program (RBBP) to provide coverage for remote areas.

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