Nextgen Networks taps Alcatel-Lucent for Australian National Broadband Network regional backbone

JANUARY 21, 2010 -- Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) says that Nextgen Networks will deploy several of its optical platforms as part of the first building block of the National Broadband Network (NBN) on mainland Australia.

JANUARY 21, 2010 -- Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) says that Nextgen Networks will deploy several of its optical platforms as part of the first building block of the National Broadband Network (NBN) on mainland Australia.

Nextgen Networks, a specialist provider of high-quality data services in Australia, was recently announced as the successful tenderer for the Australian Government’s $250 million Regional Backbone Blackspots Program to deliver competitive backhaul links into major regional centers (see "Australia announces 6,000-km regional backbone for National Broadband Network").

Alcatel-Lucent says it will be the major optical equipment supplier to Nextgen Networks and will immediately deliver its long-haul 1626 Light Manager (LM) and 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) regional DWDM platforms as well as the 1850 Transport Service Switch (TSS), a new class of multiservice transport platform. The new fiber links are expected to be built out over the next 18 months.

In addition, Alcatel-Lucent’s network management services from its Global Network Operations Centre (GNOC) in Sydney, Australia, will provide support and service provisioning to Nextgen’s Service Management Centre.

The construction of backbone transmission links will provide access points to six priority blackspots for competitive backhaul in regional Australia, and will provide another 102 competitive backbone access points in every mainland state.

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