Earlier this week, we were pleased to announce that Cisco was chosen to supply Multi-Protocol Layer Switching on Cisco routers and firewalls for the Australian National Broadband Network, in a deal that will be worth up to $38 million over five years with NBN Co (see press release here). NBN Co is the company established by the Australian Federal Government to design, build and operate Australia’s wholesale-only, high speed broadband network, the National Broadband Network (NBN). NBN Co predict that the network will roll out to 12 million premises by 2021 passing around 6,000 premises each day – at peak capacity.
This Cisco installation will enable communication between NBN Co’s operations staff and IT systems and the fibre, fixed wireless and satellite equipment dispersed across Australia. Being able to operate the equipment remotely will enable faults to be spotted quickly and efficiently despite the sheer scale of the NBN. The installation will play a major role in activating and assuring services to NBN connected homes and business across Australia.
This announcement is in addition to Cisco’s development of a data centre platform for NBN Co in 2010. That installation saw Cisco, along with partners VMware and EMC build a scalable platform to run essential applications, including network management, inventory management, customer care, billing, service provisioning and fulfilment systems, as well as a web portal to support customer self-service and the corporate website.
The National Broadband Network is winning some high profile fans across the world with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak telling the Australian Financial Review that the NBN is one of the reasons he is pursuing Australian citizenship (see article here). Cisco is very proud to be continuing its involvement with this large scale network.
Work is commencing on the project immediately.