NetComm moves closer to full carrier status

Listed company NetComm this week progressed a step in its transformation from modem manufacturer to broadband carrier when it completed the negotiation of three agreements allowing it access to Telstra's Unconditioned Local Loop Service. David Stewart, managing director of NetComm, said the agreements will form the basis of an ongoing relationship between NetComm and Telstra. "These agreements are an essential element in the deployment of our broadband network. SMEs throughout Australia can now look forward to a competitive and exciting range of telephone and data services which were previously only available to larger companies in major cities," he claimed.

The latest deals with Telstra cover a General Access Agreement (GAA), Facilities Access Agreement (FAA) and IT Systems Interface Agreement (ITSIA).

Stewart said that under the FAA NetComm has the ability to install equipment in Telstra exchanges and duct network, the ITSIA is an agreement to electronically bond IT networks for the ordering of services, and the GAA provides access to a number of Telstra services.

"Together with our carrier licence, technology partners and staff, these interconnection agreements allow NetComm to roll-out its network focused on the SME market," Stewart explained.

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