Mobile solution provider Blue Arcus and satellite operator Speedcast have announced their selection for an end-to-end 4G LTE and fixed IP network upgrade on Norfolk Island, an external territory of Australia which lies 1,400km east of the New South Wales coast. The multi-million dollar full-turnkey carrier-grade solution will involve migrating the South Pacific territory’s sole telco Norfolk Island Telecom from a 2G mobile voice/data network to LTE-based high speed mobile data services with 3G for voice calls via circuit switch fallback (CSFB), alongside upgrading the legacy PSTN system to a new fixed IP network. Island-wide 4G mobile coverage is promised, while a fully converged OCS system will also be integrated for a ‘seamless customer billing and revenue management system’ for all of Norfolk Island Telecom’s services, a press release from US-based Blue Arcus added. In a separate press release, Speedcast said its project contract for Norfolk Island was worth USD3 million including 4G mobile infrastructure and PSTN softswitch with fibre backhaul and multi-service access nodes.
Alistair Innes-Walker, Manager of Commercial Services at Norfolk Island Regional Council – which owns Norfolk Island Telecom – said of the project: ‘We need to keep up with the increasing data requirements of our people and tourists at a competitive price and provide faster, reliable internet connections and advanced mobile services. One of the only suppliers who could deliver on our requirements with an end-to-end turnkey, carrier-grade solution was the partnership of Blue Arcus and Speedcast assuring us access to a high speed 4G LTE network.’ Naren Yanamadala, CEO of Blue Arcus – which has existing partnerships with Speedcast in other remote territories – declared that the duo aimed to create ‘future-proof Smart Islands by offering cutting-edge broadband and mobile services’.