Telcoinabox to offer NBN services

The wholesale telco will offer a Cloud-based hosted voice platform over ADSL2+ until NBN services become available

Telecommunications wholesaler, Telcoinabox, is the latest RSP to sign up to offer services over the National Broadband Network (NBN), entering into a wholesale broadband agreement with NBN Co to deliver services from April 2012.

The company’s chief executive, Paul Line, said negotiations with NBN Co had begun “early on” but had been waiting for the “right time” to bring the products to market.

“Many of our service providers are in regional areas covered by the latest NBN Co rollout plans and it’s critical that they are ready to connect their customers when the network goes live in their area,” Line said in a statement.

Network testing is scheduled to begin in January next year prior to the April release of the products to market.

NBN Co sales director, Ben Salmon, said the network wholesaler would continue to work with Telcoinabox over the coming months to facilitate its move to the NBN.

The telco is currently offering a Cloud-based hosted voice platform, called MyPBX, which was launched this month for small to medium businesses.

MyPBX will be offered over existing ADSL2+ services and will migrate to NBN services as it becomes available.

The launch was aided by Telcoinabox’s deal with Australian VoIP provider, Engin, in January this year, which facilitated wholesale access to Engin’s Broadsoft platform.

Australia’s number two telco, Optus, recently announced NBN mainland pricing for consumers, after a finalised wholesale broadband agreement (WBA) with NBN Co ended up taking “longer than initially envisaged”.

The telco told Computerworld Australia it is “working closely with all parties” to reach a “commercially acceptable” NBN wholesale broadband agreement but negotiations have not yet been finalised.

“While there are still some issues to work through, we’re negotiating in good faith and are hopeful we will come to a resolution as it is in all parties’ interests to reach an agreement,” an Optus spokesperson said at the time.

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