Marconi opens broadband centre in Sydney

Marconi Australia is developing next-generation high-bandwidth services in its multi-million dollar Broadband Centre of Excellence (BBCE) which opened yesterday at its North Sydney headquarters.Marconi's Australasian managing director, Paul Butcher, said the widespread evolution from DSL to Very High Bit Rate DSL (VDSL) to Fibre to the Home (FTTH) is only a matter of time.

Marconi Australia is developing next-generation high-bandwidth services in its multi-million dollar Broadband Centre of Excellence (BBCE) which opened yesterday at its North Sydney headquarters.

Marconi's Australasian managing director, Paul Butcher, said the widespread evolution from DSL to Very High Bit Rate DSL (VDSL) to Fibre to the Home (FTTH) is only a matter of time.

He said government, business and residential customers were demanding increased bandwidth from Australian and New Zealand carriers.

Butcher also said the BBCE's primary focus will be the development of solutions to assist operators in upgrading current broadband DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) networks to handle the services enabled by VDSL and FTTH.

The Sydney centre will conduct significant R&D, working closely with Marconi teams around the world to customise global products to meet the specific requirements of local customers.

"When it comes to broadband application development, there's no such thing as one size fits all. It's a matter of investing time and effort to take today's technologies and applying them to carriers' needs and business models, while being mindful that even today's leading edge technologies will themselves have a shelf life. Marconi fully understands the need to future proof our customers' networks, and that will be central to the work carried out at this facility," Butcher said.

The BBCE is one of the only two in the world currently operated by Marconi. It is anticipated that the centre will employ over 100 staff within the next five years.

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