M2 Telecommunications announced today that it has connected its first customer to the National Broadband Network (NBN) by using a wholesale aggregation alliance with Telstra — the first company to do so.
M2 subsidiary Southern Cross Telco connected a customer in Armidale, and M2 will connect further customers in Armidale, Brunswick, Townsville, Minnamurra and Willunga as the latter sites become ready.
M2 managing director and CEO Vaughan Bowen said that the company is pleased to be the first wholesale customer connected to the NBN through Telstra.
"It is our intention to offer NBN services to those of our customers located in the areas which fall within the trial deployment footprints, and to extend our NBN offering to a wider cross-section of our customer base, both retail and wholesale, as NBN continues its national roll-out over the coming months and years."
M2's retail business includes Commander, People Telecom, Southern Cross Telco, M2 Telecom and Clear Telecoms. M2 also has a wholesale division offering services to small and medium-sized telco service providers and internet service providers.
M2 joins other companies offering services on the NBN, including TransACT, Vodafone, Optus, Telstra, Internode, iiNet, iPrimus, Exetel, AAPT, AARNet, Comscentre, Nextgen Networks, Platform Networks and SkyMesh. M2 is piggybacking Telstra to offer its services via the telco's wholesale arm.