Aussie Broadband Starts on Fibre Expansion

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Aussie Broadband has started work on building a new optical fibre network worth AU$1.8 million to boost its fast-growing residential and business broadband operations.

Stage 1 deployment, a 20 km fibre optic cable looping around the Melbourne CBD into Port Melbourne, is already underway.

Aussie Broadband Managing Director, Phillip Britt said the end goal is always improving customer experience: “The purpose of this project is to transition our connectivity to NBN points of interconnect (POIs) onto our own fibre network.

“This will provide additional benefits such as faster capacity upgrades, improved redundancy, and the opportunity to develop new products.”

The project is being built using 720-core optic fibre manufactured in Australia by Prysmian.

It will pick up key data centres including Interactive, NextDC M1, Equinix ME1, and two data centres in 530 Collins St, and will also connect to Exhibition and Port Melbourne NBN POIs. All sites are on fully diverse paths.

Britt added he expects the first stage of the project to be completed by the end of July 2020: “We plan to build fully diverse routes to over 75 NBN points of interconnect (POIs) and 24 key data centres across Australia.

“The new project will bring more jobs. We’ll soon be recruiting for a Head of Construction to help deliver our bigger project. We’ve already recently increased our staff in sales and support due to rapid growth. We expect this increase to continue over the next 12 months.”