David Yuile, CEO of Australian telco AAPT, has unveiled plans under which his company will look to extend its fibre-optic network with a view to reaching more of the 121 points of interconnect (PoIs) on the National Broadband Network (NBN). According to iTnews, AAPT’s fibre infrastructure, which stretches for 11,000km, is already capable of connecting to around 70%, or 85, of the NBN’s expected interconnection points. Although the executive said that this number will grow, there is no guarantee that AAPT will build out to every PoI. Instead, collaboration with other providers may prove to be one route forward, with Yuile noting: ‘There’s no point in all [Australia’s telcos] building to the same location if it’s hundreds of kilometres away, we’ll just get smarter about that.’
Having now passed a network certification process through NBN Co, the public-private company set up to oversee the construction and management of the new nationwide broadband infrastructure, AAPT is on track to sell NBN-based services directly to business customers at the first five mainland release sites.