Primus Australia launches Metro Fibre

The telco has completed the first stage of its fibre network upgrade

Primus Australia today announced it has completed the first stage of its fibre network upgrade, with the addition of optical transport network (OTN) capabilities to its existing high capacity fibre rings.

The telco said the implementation of OTN to the Primus Metro Fibre was to “aggregate lower bandwidth services and optimise utilisation”, which will enable the delivery of cost effective high capacity data services to a wider range of users.

“Essentially, in layman’s terms, what happens in these networks is if the large customers are buying fibre services, you have to dedicate a pair of fibre to that customer all the way around the ring, and what this optical transport network does is allow us to do bandwidth sharing so that we can get more customers on the rings for a much lower price,” Primus Australia chief executive, Tom Mazerski, told Computerworld Australia.

“It also opens up for just every tier customer as well; small businesses as well as large businesses.”

The telco also announced plans to further optimise its products and services, which Mazerski said was mainly focused on speed.

“It’s really all about speed,” he said. “The network today as we deployed it, we can deliver 10 gigs of service to a customer. The technology itself is ready for 40 and the platform can go all the way up to 100.

“So it’s all about speed and users that need speed and low latency, mainly financial institutions [and the] stock exchange.”

Mazerski said the upgrade was ahead of schedule, with another two stages planned for the fibre network.

Phase two will include the linking of Sydney and Melbourne together with the low latency network, expected to begin in early 2012. The third stage will involve picking up other markets by mid-2012.

According to a statement from Primus, the OTN network will use Huawei’s OSN 8800 platform, which will allow the delivery of high speed, low latency bandwidth.

When completed, the OTN will enable point-to-point intercity service offerings, including SDH/SONET, Ethernet, and low latency Ethernet (layer 1) services.

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