Nortel Networks has been selected to supply and design a $20 million digital microwave network for Soul Pattinson Telecommunications (SPT).
Linking Sydney and Brisbane and interconnecting major regional communications along the way, the network is expected to carry commercial telephony traffic and digital video signals. It will also facilitate digital television broadcasting for SPT's commercial television operation, NBN Television.
Officials said the project will be completed by September this year.
According to Michael Simmons, company secretary of SPT and NBNTV, the network will service licensed carriers, telecommunications service providers, government agencies and corporate customers.
"In addition, we believe that connecting regional communities to the new SPT network at competitive rates will encourage existing telecommunications service providers to introduce new services into regional northern NSW and Southeast Queensland," he said.
According to officials, the SPT network comprises 20 intermediated connections, based on Nortel's SDH (synchronous digital hierarchy) microwave radio solution and SDH multiplexers and ATM switches.
Full redundancy and long-term backup, a customer service centre and network operations centres will also be provided.