AAPT set to increase capacity of interstate transmission links

8 Sep 2009

Australian fixed line and broadband provider AAPT has unveiled plans to invest AUD20 million (USD17 million) in the upgrade of its interstate transmission links, Australian IT reports. Under the proposals AAPT is expected to increase the inland transmission capacity between Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne this month, while an upgrade of the coastal network between Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne will be completed by March 2010. The improvements will see the telco increase capacity on the Brisbane-Sydney link from 30Gbps to 40Gbps, while its Sydney-Melbourne link will increase from 40Gbps to 60Gbps. AAPT’s northern coastal link, which passes through Lismore, Coffs Harbour and Gosford, will increase tenfold to 50Gbps, while the southern link, which passes through Wollongong and Nowra, will rise from 7.5Gbps to 70Gbps. It is believed that AAPT hopes to sell capacity into the planned National Broadband Network (NBN) following the network improvements. Further upgrades are also planned, with AAPT aiming to boost capacity on its Melbourne-Adelaide-Perth link by mid-2010. Commenting on the upgrades, AAPT chief executive Paul Broad said: ‘We are a tier-one telco and to sustain that we have to do the upgrade between Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. We’re doing this to reflect the explosive growth of data and internet traffic we are experiencing.’

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