Flow signs $10m Xylan backbone deal

Flow Communications has signed a three-year $10 million investment deal with Xylan to deploy backbone IP services along Australia's eastern seaboard.

The new service provider will offer government, carrier, Internet service providers and business customers a range of access speeds and data networking services over a new broadband data network built using Xylan ATM switches.

Xylan's OmniSwitch products will be initially deployed in the core network backbone between Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne.

The service provider will reportedly offer clear channel, frame relay, ATM, managed IP and Internet services, intranets and extranets, and virtual private networks.

According to David Keane, Xylan Australia's managing director, the deal is evidence of the company's ability to succeed in the hotly contested carrier market.

"It's a real justification the Alcatel/Xylan merger works," he told said. Flow Communications spokesman John Mangos said the company selected Xylan for its ability to deliver carrier-class switching at "campus prices".

Xylan has not yet released details of the channel partners involved, but Keane confirmed it is not a vendor-direct deal.

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