Australia’s Nextgen Networks has announced that it has achieved 100Gbps integration between internet protocol (IP) routing infrastructure and optic equipment over its fibre-optic network, a development which the operator claims is one of the first necessary steps towards the delivery of a range of broadband-based services. ZDNet Australia reports that Phil Sykes, Nextgen’s managing director, has claimed that the development is a regional first, noting of the development: ‘A big boost to capacity is only part of the story. What this technology really does is manage the packet-by-packet quality of service at 100Gbps, a necessity to underpin delivery of the new technology types of services including advanced and remote medical imaging.’
French-US vendor Alcatel-Lucent is acting as Nextgen’s network technology partner, with the two firms having inked a deal in January 2010, as previously reported by CommsUpdate. At that date Alca-Lu said it would immediately deliver its long haul dense wave division multiplexing (DWDM) platform, photonic service switches (PSS) and transport service switches (TSS) for the new fibre links to be built out over an 18-month period. The French-US vendor will also provide network management services from its Global Network Operations Centre (GNOC) in Sydney.
Nextgen was selected to roll out some 6,000km of fibre-optic broadband backbone links in rural and remote regions to cover existing blackspots in December 2009, with the Federal Government awarding the operator a AUD250 million (USD228.6 million) contract to construct the links.