Ue Comm launches gigagit network

United Energy Telecommunications has launched its Sydney-based gigabit Ethernet network, which, according to officials, will provide IP services at less than half current costs.

The company also announced its new name, Ue Comm, Keith Ondarchie, director of telecommunications provider said.

While not revealing exact investment figures for the Gigabit Ethernet network project, Ue Comm admitted to investing "substantial dollars" in the infrastructure which is expected to contribute 20 per cent of revenues in the coming year.

"Our view is that services over IP will expand our business more than any other service," Ondarchie said.

Using its LightNet optic network, Ue Comm already offers ATM and frame relay services to carrier and corporate customers in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

According to Ondarchie, the gigabit Ethernet network, initially rolled out in Sydney's CBD and North Sydney, will provide customers with IP-based services, such as video over IP at costs less than 50 per cent of current prices.

Using Smart Switch routers from Cabletron Systems, Ondarchie said customers would have the ability to prioritise bandwidth depending on the importance of applications running across the network.

According to Ondarchie, Cabletron equipment was chosen over IBM and other providers.

Cabletron's international presence, quality of service and cost effective solution and partnering approach made the networking provider at attractive choice, Ondarchie said.

"Because of the chronic lack of skills and people . . . .the smart thing to do is to work in partnership," he said.

Ue Comm has also selected Cabletron's Spectrum management solution to manage its entire national network. Currently being trialled in the Ue Comm office, Ondarchie said Spectrum will be installed across the network shortly.

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