Krone to build out Telstra network

Telecommunications connectivity product supplier Krone Australia has won a $20 million deal with Telstra, under which Krone will implement the national carrier's Customer Connector Access Network.

Krone, a NSW-based manufacturer of interconnection and distribution devices used in copper and fibre optic telecommunications and data networks, will perform the work over three years, building on a 20-year relationship with Telstra.

Krone's AccessNet group will provide connectivity products used for Telstra's Customer Access Network. Krone will also supply its Customer Premises Equipment including frames and accessories, telephone sockets and twisted-pair termination modules.

In addition, Telstra will use Krone's Highway Media line of modular telephone outlets for both business and residential use. The Highway range is used as the network boundary between Telstra's network and a building owner's, meeting the demands of the global adoption of modular outlet standards, according to Krone.

As Krone's first customer in 1980, the supplier built its design and manufacturing facilities to service the Telstra business, said Krone Australia chief executive Craig Jones. Telstra's 20 years of business with Krone has pushed Krone's annual turnover to $70 million, Jones said.

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