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Tuesday, 14 June 2011 12:50

Nextgen offers RSPs one-stop-shop for NBN customer access

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Leighton Group company Nextgen Networks has become a wholesale customer of NBN with the announcement of NBN Connect, a range of NBN access services for retail service providers that includes an option of connectivity to any NBN customer from a single access point on the Nextgen network.

Nextgen said that NBN Connect was "designed to offer service providers of all types the lowest overall business cost and quickest time to market in delivering new broadband services to their customers via NBN access. [It] combines Nextgen's national fibre network and its points of presence in most of Australia's data centres with direct connection to NBNCo's fibre, wireless and satellite access to provide a range of options for service providers."

Nextgen managing director, Phil Sykes, said: "Nextgen offers an integrated package including PoI connectivity and NBN access through to the customer premises. NBN Connect enables small and medium service providers with a presence in a single data centre to connect into a Nextgen point of presence in those data centres and instantly market services to customers across the entire NBNCo access footprint.

"For larger ISPs with a substantial number of customers nationally, the NBN Connect product suite offers quality-of-service, layer 2 private networking to NBN PoIs or individual high capacity transmission links to PoIs."

Sykes told iTWire that NBN Connect had two options for service providers wanting connectivity to end customers on the NBN. "One is a complete virtual ISP package where we are adding IP transit and Internet content to the access. Or, if they source their Internet transit from another upstream service provider they can inject their own Internet content into that access."

These services will enable any organisation that wants to sell content or services online to reach the entire NBN customer base without having to enter into any relationship with NBNCo or to interface to any NBNCo systems, and to do so if it wishes from a single connection to the Nextgen network.

Sykes said: "We are absorbing the elements of service activation service assurance and ultimately billing and volume based charging and I think that will create some interesting competitive tensions in the market place'¦What we provide is a way for people to get started with minimal scale: they might have only two or three customers in one fibre serving area.

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"I think this will encourage a number of new players into the market'¦In five or seven years time there could be a whole range of service providers offering backup and storage for all your home digital media content, those providing managed desktop and application for your business, and content providers who are really just saying 'here is my site'."

He added: "We will offer different classes of service for things like video. There is strong indication that existing service providers want a class of service for voice, and for video and another class of service for business Internet, as well as best effort."

The NBN Connect service will operate in trial mode until NBNCo upgrades services in its five first release sites from trials to commercial offerings later this year. Nextgen also has to develop its OSS/BSS to interface to NBNCo's nascent OSS/BSS systems.

Sykes said: "These are trial services initially until 1 September to enable us to understand the operational processes and the interfaces and develop our business model with NBNCo and the service providers ahead of commercial services late this year."

Pricing is also presently still in not finalised. "It is still somewhat fluid," Sykes said. "They have specified prices for residential services but they are yet to specify prices for business customers and other content related service classes. We are working closely with NBNCo to understand the evolving pricing models and we will build our pricing models accordingly."

Nextgen already has its first customer for the service, Townsville based service provider, Internet Solutions. It will use NBN Connect to provide high speed broadband services over NBN fibre to customers in the first release NBN trial areas.

Other customers are likely to follow soon. Sykes said: "We have relationships with pretty well every ISP in Australia and we are in discussion with them about the various options we offer."

 

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