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Australia: Core network upgrade September 1, 2006

Posted by Jasper in broadband, Regulation, Technology.

Just as I had finished writing the previous post on investment in Australia I came across a Telstra and Alcatel announcement setting out Telstra’s fixed network transformation in 2006/07, with an expected value of AUD 460 million (EUR270m). The programme is part of Alcatel and Telstra’s strategic supplier relationship announced in November 2005. In 2006/07, Alcatel will establish an IP network footprint in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide. The technologies deployed will include IP-DSLAM, Ethernet aggregation and optical networking solutions.

Of course the press release also makes very clear that this upgrade is unrelated to Telstra’s previous FTTN proposal. It is interesting, however, that access to both Telstra’s core and access network in principle is regulated in the same way, but Telstra are happy to invest in the core technologies, but reluctant to invest in access.

See the press release here



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