West Australian telco chooses Lucent and Cabletron

West Australian corporate telecommunications player Amcom Telecommunications is expecting to begin offering broadband services across its upgraded network as early as December.

The carrier will spend the next eight to 10 weeks upgrading its fibre optic network with switching technology from Lucent Technologies and Cabletron Systems, Clive Stein general manager of Amcom told Computerworld.

Amcom announced last week it has selected Lucent and Cabletron for the initial stage of its multimillion-dollar network upgrade.

Stein would not be more specific about the cost of the project, saying only that it is a "few million dollars over an undisclosed period of time".

In the project Lucent is providing a carrier-class switch for the core of the network and Cabletron's Layer 3 and Layer 4 switches will be used on the network edge and at customer premises, Stein said.

Amcom will handle implementation of the technology internally.

The switched network will use a combination of ATM and Gigabit backbone technologies and will enable Amcom to provide broadband services including traditional VPNs (virtual private networks) and content services.

"We have 40 kilometres of fibre in the Perth CDB and down to Fremantle and are now putting switches along the network for unlimited capacity and unprecedented services," Stein said.

"Our customers have a growing need for bandwidth . . . they are looking for a solution to enhance their IT services."

Stein said Amcom will begin to phase in new services from the end of the year in a staged implementation process. Services such as voice over IP will be available eventually, but not initially, he said, adding that a key feature of the network is the design and scalability.

"Most important is the design of the network. It will allow us to offer new services as they unfold without having to re-engineer the network."

Stein said Amcom selected Lucent and Cabletron based on a recommendation from Integrated System Australia, (ISA), which was commissioned to find the best technology for Amcom.

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