Commander inks wholesale deals

update Business-focused telco Commander today signed wholesale communications contracts with Telstra, and two broadband providers. The Telstra deal will allow Commander to continue to resell the former's wholesale fixed voice and mobile products, along with "a broader range of data services".

update Business-focused telco Commander today signed wholesale communications contracts with Telstra, and two broadband providers.

The Telstra deal will allow Commander to continue to resell the former's wholesale fixed voice and mobile products, along with "a broader range of data services".

The broadband agreements will provide Commander with access to ADSL infrastructure owned by third parties but located in Telstra's telephone exchanges.

Commander said the two broadband wholesalers were Powertel and NEC Australia's NEXTEP division, both of which focus on the business market.

NEXTEP inked a similar agreement with Internet service provider People Telecom a fortnight ago and is currently upgrading its ADSL hardware to the ADSL2+ standard to service a network that will cover around 100 exchanges. Powertel's network covers around 120 exchanges.

The ADSL deals will aid Commander in providing so-called "last-mile access" from customers' premises to its core network.

"The interconnect also provides Commander with the signalling transparency needed to manage customers' premises equipment (CPE)," Commander said in a statement.

Commander's intention to utilise others' ADSL hardware as a preference to building its own was highlighted by ZDNet Australia in August.

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