Commercial bandwidth exchange opens in Melbourne

Australian Telecoms Exchange (ATX) has launched what it claims is Australia's only commercial bandwidth exchange with the capacity to connect all major telecommunication carriers and service providers in Australia.

ATX managing director Nicholas Haddad said the company offers an independent trading forum for wholesale buyers and sellers of voice and data traffic that can help minimise business risks.

"Through market deregulation and competition, we a have seen the natural development of independent trading forums in many industries,” Haddad said. “The overseas precedent in telecommunications shows that bandwidth exchanges are particularly successful, with consistently growing trading volumes. Our initial experience with Australian carriers and service providers has been very encouraging.”

ATX's operations in Australia will start with the voice spot market where wholesale voice traffic can be bought and sold on the independent exchange. Major carriers have already signed for both buying and selling voice bandwidth capacity, with several more carriers and service providers expected to join the exchange in the next few months.

Connection to the ATX exchange is made through its centrally located switch in the computer room facility in the Australian Stock Exchange building in Melbourne. The Sydney exchange will start in coming months.

Trades are delivered through ATX's carrier-grade Class 4 tandem switch capable of handling more than 20 million minutes of voice traffic a day. The switch uses least-cost routing tables that are dynamically driven by the carriers' rate sheets. The switch records each routed call and call records are aggregated to produce customer invoices and reconcile bills.

The next offering from ATX will be the trade of point-to-point capacity and a data spot market for ISPs, company officials said.

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