Macquarie launches carriers' data network

Macquarie Corporate Telecommunications launched its carrier-grade data network and data network solutions for the Australian marketplace last week.

The company will commence beta testing of the data network in July, according to Aiden Tudehope, chief operating officer, Macquarie Corporate Communications. It has already received more offers from its customers to be beta sites than it can handle, he said.

"Definite beta starters will be Macquarie Corporate and Lucent Technologies who will supply ATM switching technology.

"Macquarie is number two in the market behind Telstra for the development and management of fixed network telecommunications and expects to gain the number two position in the data market for corporate users within the next two years.

Launching the data network is independent of the expected float but the capital generated from the float will help speed up the deployment of the data network," Tudehope said.

Communications Minister Senator Richard Alston, who launched the data network, said, Macquarie's move into the data market is yet another sign of the positive benefits of telecommunications deregulation. The data technology offerings include ATM, frame relay, leased data services, IP-based services and integrated services.

Tudehope said the company was offering a new concept in data solutions that will provide three grades of service within several product offerings. He said the data service levels could be likened to different classes of travel, a departure from the "one size fits all" approach in the Australian market place.

In related news, Macquarie Corporate has named technology supplier Lucent Technologies as a Strategic Macquarie Partner.

Officials said the alliance will give customers a total managed data solution including design, installation and management.

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