Aurora Energy, Nokia Siemens Networks upgrade Tasmanian optical fiber backbone

April 8, 2010
APRIL 8, 2010 -- Aurora Energy and Nokia Siemens Networks say they have completed a major capacity upgrade on the TasGovNet optical fiber backbone network. The network connects the cities of Hobart, Launceston, Burnie, and Devonport in Tasmania.

APRIL 8, 2010 -- Aurora Energy and Nokia Siemens Networks say they have completed a major capacity upgrade on the TasGovNet optical fiber backbone network. The network connects the cities of Hobart, Launceston, Burnie, and Devonport in Tasmania. The upgrade project substantially increases the capacity of the network and will reduce ongoing operational costs, the companies say.

With support from the Tasmanian Government, in 2008 Aurora took over and commercialized the TasGovNet optical fiber network under a long-term lease, following a government tender process.

Aurora’s telecommunications strategic advisor Gary Eiszele said the demand for broadband in Tasmania is growing rapidly. The recent upgrade enables Aurora Energy to satisfy the new connectivity needs of operators, enterprises, and government in Tasmania.

For the upgrade, Aurora selected Nokia Siemens Networks to supply and deploy its DWDM network. Under the scope of the deal, the company deployed and commissioned its hiT 7300 DWDM platform and provided related equipment and support services.

“If we want to ensure our stake in this market, we have to scale up quickly and cost-efficiently,” said Eiszele. “Having worked closely with Nokia Siemens Networks before, we had full confidence in its ability to complement global experience with local support abilities. Nokia Siemens Networks tailored a solution for us that met the market needs for high bandwidth.”

“By undertaking this cost-effective evolution to increase capacities from hundreds of megabits per second to tens of gigabits per second, Aurora will be able to help its customers meet its need for seamless high-end broadband applications,” said Kalevi Kostiainen, head of the Australia-New Zealand region at Nokia Siemens Networks.

Aurora is Nokia Siemens Networks’ fifth deployment in Australia of the hiT 7300 platform. Nokia Siemens Networks has also provided network implementation and training for Aurora’s staff.

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