NBN business products fill the gap: AAPT

NBN business products fill the gap: AAPT

Summary: AAPT will use the NBN to offer business products in parts of Australia where it had otherwise been very expensive, the company said today.

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Telecommunications company AAPT's Product Head Nick Pachos has said that the company's aim is to fully integrate its existing business services offering into the National Broadband Network (NBN) and bring services to customers in new areas.

Pachos made the comments at an NBN Co business breakfast in Sydney this morning, showcasing the government-owned company's wholesale business product. NBN Co's business service allows retail service providers to offer customers the ability to have up to 50 voice services over the fibre network, as well as support service 7 days a week. The upload and download speeds offered to businesses today match what is offered to consumers; between 12 megabits per second (Mbps) down/ 1Mbps up and 100Mbps down and 40Mbps up.

Pachos said that these products would help AAPT reach areas that are currently only available to the company by wholesaling off-net services through Telstra's copper access network, which doesn't offer high speeds.

"For us, as a service provider, we already have quite a broad footprint within Australia, but there are plenty of areas we don't reach and this helps us to not only reach those areas — which we can do today through off-net supply — but reach them at high speeds," he said.

"So actually delivering customers high speed services at a reasonable rate, as opposed to paying really high prices for low [speeds] for our customers."

Pachos said that most of the products AAPT offers today are available through the NBN product.

"Depending on what features get released over what time, it makes some products available quicker over NBN, while other features might take a bit longer," he said.

For businesses with greater upload bandwidth demands, NBN Co plans on releasing medium business and enterprise products in the next two years. The medium product will be released in the second half of 2013 and will offer 40Mbps symmetric upload and download speeds. The enterprise product will offer 100Mbps symmetric services.

Pachos said that customers today were happy with the initial offering from NBN Co — known as traffic class 4 — and weren't necessarily going to wait for the higher speed services.

"I think what we're going to see is that customers will demand NBN access and are happy with traffic class 4, not necessarily waiting for traffic class 2 or 3 for business," he said.

AAPT has 50 wholesale service providers already ordering its National Wholesale Broadband product, which was launched in early 2012.

M2 subsidiary Commander released its NBN business product last week, starting at AU$114.95 per month for 300GB with a 50Mbps/20Mbps service, and up to AU$161.95 per month for 1TB of data on a 100Mbps/40Mbps service with enhanced support.

NBN Co said today that it believes that its current product offering already matches or bests 70 percent of the business products in the market today.

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  • NBN speeds are excellent

    My NBN was connected last Thursday. Excellent service from both the NBN contractor and Telstra. My download speeds are 92-94Meg with the best being 94.77Meg (on a 100Meg connection) and uploads are around 35Meg. I live about 3.3km by car from the Telstra exchange and my ADSL2+ download speed was about 7Meg. NBN certainly makes a difference for me :-)
    Wakemewhentrollsgone
  • So...

    After all the negativity, the proof of the pudding eh RA?

    Glad you are happy... (psst as we said you would be ;)

    On another note, nothing to do with you RA, good to see the NBN "creating competition" (yes how about that). With all the nay sayers telling us competition is dead with the evil monopolist NBN. But not only is the NBN creating competition and allowing RSP's to offer not better but also cheaper (and better)... Win/Win/Win

    From the above comments from AAPT...

    *... the company's aim is to fully integrate its existing business services offering into the National Broadband Network (NBN) and bring services to customers in new areas.

    * ...these products would help AAPT reach areas that are currently only available to the company by wholesaling off-net services through Telstra's copper access network, which doesn't offer high speeds.

    And the clincher...

    * "So actually delivering customers high speed services at a reasonable rate, as opposed to paying really high prices for low [speeds] for our customers."
    RS-ef540
    • I have NEVER criticised the capability of the NBN

      And I will repeat, yet again, my problem is with the government and its inability to successfully implement policies, projects etc. This government has a history of failure and there is every reason to be concerned about its capability to implement such a massive project and to do so on budget ("$4.7bn and not a cent more", said Conroy). I might add that the comments from certain contractors etc leave me with absolutely no reason to reduce my concern. And I have also been speaking to Dr Marcus Bowles who is involved in a post NBN implementation study and those discussions also caused me some alarm - especially with what is happening in small communities in Tasmania that are using fixed wi-fi. However, I really do not want to focus on those issues. Those might be "teething" problems; time will tell.

      As for a working NBN connection, it's great. Friends nearby who also have 100Meg connections also obtain speeds in the low 90s. It certainly brings a smile to all of our faces. Quite simply, I'm LOVING IT! :-)
      Wakemewhentrollsgone
      • "my problem is with the government and its inability to successfully implement policies"

        Seems the government in this instance has successfully implemented a policy. If allowed to continue there is no reason why the NBN shouldn’t be able to continue achieving the same goals eventuating in its complete construction as planned. Don’t you think other Australians should have the same opportunity to assess and experience the NBN in the same way you do? Or would you rather your doom and gloom prophecy turn out to be true?


        "As for a working NBN connection, it's great. Friends nearby who also have 100Meg connections also obtain speeds in the low 90s. It certainly brings a smile to all of our faces. Quite simply, I'm LOVING IT! :-)"

        You have a 100mbps connection. Your friends have 100mbps connections and you are all obviously happy with the speed and happy to pay more for 100mbps rather than opt for 50, 25 or 12 so I guess I don’t have to point out the obvious here :-)
        Hubert Cumberdale
        • Absurd remarks!

          "Seems the government in this instance has successfully implemented a policy.". Implementation has barely begun and the project is years from being fully implemented. Geez, I would have thought that so obvious as to not need stating.

          "Don’t you think other Australians should have the same opportunity to assess and experience the NBN in the same way you do?" What a truly offensive remark. I have never stated nor implied such a concept and, in fact, I have said the opposite - including on this page. You will need to do far better than that if you intend to "verbal" me, though why you feel the need to do so is beyond my ability to understand.

          "Or would you rather your doom and gloom prophecy turn out to be true?" Which prophecy? Please give me any reference, whatsoever, as to where I predicted the NBN would be a failure. Again, just offensive claptrap. I said that I have concerns. Based on past history of this government, those concerns are well warranted. I retain on open mind on the issue. Please put aside your political prejudices and try to do the same.
          Wakemewhentrollsgone
          • "Absurd remarks! "

            Indeed. You have your 100mbps connection. So do your friends. You and many others have all been connected successfully. This indicates a positive trend yet you go on to imply that that this particular project may not be a success based on the "past history of this government". Yes yes, you have "concerns". Got it. We all do. So yes the NBN could fail however I won’t make that prediction based on the "past history of this government" imo it's more pragmatic to look at the more relevant facts about what has been achieved so far.




            "Geez, I would have thought that so obvious as to not need stating."

            I would have thought so too but apparently not...





            "What a truly offensive remark."

            It wasn’t an offensive remark at all, get over yourself, it was a question. If you take offence to simple questions like this then you've come to the wrong website.




            "Again, just offensive claptrap."

            My my, you are a sensitive one. I didn’t mean to upset you. I just didn’t realise such queries would be too much to take.




            "Based on past history of this government, those concerns are well warranted."

            So once again "based on past history of this government" you believe the NBN can fail? Ok, but considering the trend so far it just seems like a doom and gloom prophecy to me. If you had something more substantial other than the political angle I'd probably share your "concerns"...




            "Please put aside your political prejudices and try to do the same."

            Sorry, but I don’t have any "political prejudices" especially on the NBN issue and nothing in my comment indicated anything of the sort. In fact you were there one who said "this government" to begin with, not me.
            Hubert Cumberdale
      • Helloooo...

        HC was right RA.

        You question the ability of the government/NBNCo to delivering the NBN, whilst you have and admit to enjoying the NBN in your very own home, right now?

        No it isn't complete (we all know this - it will take 10 years) but you have hands on proof NOW that it works and is a winner, yet you still doubt?

        Seriously, you admit to having and enjoying your 100Mbps NBN connection and if that isn't proof enough then I guess nothing will ever persuade you :(
        RS-ef540
        • I am trying to be general and not overcritical of the NBN.

          My situation is brilliant; I love it and I find it difficult to make it any clearer than that. However, my opinion of the past experiences with this government give me concern about their ability to effectively implement ANY policy, including the NBN. I hope on this issue that I am wrong and that Australians also get to enjoy the benefits, but past history would suggest . . .

          According to the post-implementation review being conducted by Dr Marcus, many small communities in Tas, SA and Vic have had to move away from the NBN. Small communities where once there were, say, 200 businesses on the NBN now have less than half, around 80. Most of the problem is in communities with fixed wireless NBN and it has apparently been quite unreliable. But the problems are not restricted to those with FWNBN as there are also similar problems, though lesser, with the cable NBN. Such problems are likely teething issues, but time will tell. Nonetheless, this FACT; not opinion.

          Now, this is not me making-up information - it comes DIRECTLY from the mouth of the mouth of the man carrying-out the review. I met him last week and spent an hour with him discussing these and other issues. If you do not believe me, then feel free to contact him at UTas. He is a very decent person and I am sure that you will enjoy learning about his experiences, as I did.

          Dr Marcus was NOT hypercritical of the NBN. He was very factual and he also spent a lot of time discussing some other great programs available to communities, from the government, after implementation.

          I also spent quite some time talking to the technicians installing the NBN. I do not feel confident to effectively repeat what they discussed in a way that honestly represents what they explained to me, but, in short, they are tearing out their hair with frustration over the political interference which is adding to the costs and slowing implementation.

          I now have experience with the NBN and I have taken time to talk directly with those involved in its installation and review. If you and HC have something better to rely on, other than what appears to be your opinions, then I am willing to listen. Otherwise, please stop trying to imply that I am trying to be hypercritical. I AM NOT! I could not have been more effusive in my praise of how wonderful it is as a working item but my experiences with this government and my discussions with those who actually know what they are talking about suggests that there are good reasons to be concerned. As I have repeated, some aspects may be teething problems. When the facts change, I will change my opinion. Until then . . .
          Wakemewhentrollsgone
  • Righto...

    Look RA, I vote for the best party at the time (imo)... My vote is NEVER a given it is earned and if we were all like that instead of minions, we could keep the b***ards honest.

    But seriously, this government does NOT have a history of failure. Neither did the Howard government.

    Howard hoarded (remembering he sold Telstra for what $50b-$60B) so as to have funds when bad times (recession/depression) hit.

    The current government and the previous Rudd government spent to avoid a recession and it worked. Sure BER seemed excessive, but was "officially" found to have been a success .

    The batts issue, was tragic. But can you really blame any government Lab/Lib, for private enterprises shoddy, corner cutting greed? Yes it could have been managed better, but I for one received free insulation...you?

    Please look past what you hear in mainstream media.

    And enjoy your NBN... I am jealous :)
    RS-ef540
    • Before the 2010 election . . .

      . . . GetUp! had a "PromiseWatch" website. That site demonstrated how poorly Labor were performing. All of a sudden, it disappeared with a message"Being updated". That update never arrived and just after the election it was announced that Labor paid GetUp! $100,000 and also received a seat on the board of GetUp! You really need to have read that website, one hosted by a left-wing group, to truly appreciate how bad the government was performing. The fact that Labor paid a 'bribe" to close the site and received a board member (to make sure that it never happened again) should tell you all that you need to know. Nothing has changed. It also goes to show that GetUp! are corrupt to the core despite their statement, "An independent movement to build a progressive Australia and bring participation back into our democracy."

      GetUp! were monitoring a massive range of promises - 2020Summit, FuelWatch, GroceryWatch, paying a bonus for nurses to return to public hospitals, SuperClinics, a huge range of "greens" programs and so on. The list goes on and on . . . and so do the failures; it was really quite daunting.

      No, I did not receive batts as there was no need. Our home already had those. As for the issue itself, it was tragic . . . and also avoidable. It is quite clear that Labor were warned and failed to heed the warnings. Had those warnings been heeded, it is more than likely than none of the tragedies would have occurred - 4 dead, several injured, nearly 400 homes burnt down.

      I do hope that the NBN roll-out progresses and that you receive yours in a short time. You WILL enjoy it :-)
      Wakemewhentrollsgone
    • Post is a keeper

      "Sure BER seemed excessive, but was "officially" found to have been a success ."

      OFFICALLY a success, link please!

      "Yes it could have been managed better, but I for one received free insulation...you?"

      A few death, houses burnt down, every installation audited at additional expense. Why would anyone blame govt for a govt run program?Small management issues, billions wasted.

      Interestingly RS qualified for this freebie; no wonder he doesnt worry about source of funding he wont be paying for it!

      Post is a classic.
      Richard Flude
      • Meh...

        Look they're all (anti-NBN royalty...LOL) here sobbing over their precious GOP again missing out...

        Well since you want to play, gentleman...

        Visionary (one of the most ironic monikers ever), my aren't you on the ball as usual...NOT. FYI I have only mentioned my insulation about a dozen times in the past.

        Then there's "old Richard, a hypocritical dinosaur, from a bygone era (thankfully)", the first to sob personal attack, then personally attack... GOLD.

        LOL, RS qualified (for insulation) ... err, as it wasn't means tested... yes I did! Gee, that means that even high flying, car counting, cycloptic, chest beating, backward thinking CIO's qualified too ;)

        POST IS A CLASSIC +1

        Both of your complete desperation to make a mountain out of a molehill in relation to me, simply because I have shown both of your ridiculously tainted and uneducated (yes you read it right Richard - UNEDUCATED) comms opinions, to be nothing more than baseless drivel, is most entertaining.

        Funny too, how yet again I am trying in vain to correspond rationally with you faithful minions by suggesting that both the LABOR government's lack of supervision and the installers wanting to cut corners to maximise profits, were together the problems with the insulation program (err, because that's what occurred). But you "unbiased" lot won't hear of it.

        Richard haven't you learned by now to do even minimal homework before "again", looking stupid(er)...? As such and as requested (perhaps you could try to be as obliging, even once, it won't hurt - oh sorry it does hurt, as you have no facts to oblige with, do you?)... and from a number of different media sources -

        http://www.theaustralian.com.au/in-depth/schools-watch/ber-is-a-success-inquiry-chief-brad-orgill-says/story-fn56ulhe-1225881556537

        http://www.independentaustralia.net/2011/business/media-2/just-the-bad-news-please/

        http://www.theage.com.au/national/public-service/public-service-cuts-may-cost-more-than-they-save-20120923-26esb.html?skin=text-only

        http://www.independentaustralia.net/2012/business/media-2/the-australians-ber-campaign-building-an-election-result/

        http://www.thepoliticalsword.com/post/2010/08/08/A-salute-to-a-very-successful-BER.aspx

        http://blogs.crikey.com.au/purepoison/2010/12/20/8517/

        So before you start your baseless rebuttal and character assassination of Mr. Orgill, remember he was the head of the taskforce determining the success or otherwise of the BER program and he found it a success... but typically, of course you'd know better than him though, wouldn't you Richard? *sigh*

        You must be a sad and bitter man Richard, to outwardly deny and oppose building infrastructure for our Aussie children. Infrastructure in this case, which also stimulated the economy and provided much needed employment , whilst the world was in the clutches of a GFC?
        RS-ef540
        • We've never denied the demand for spending is never ending

          I could care less about the GOP, another strawman.

          RS uses "uneducated" to describe those without a PhD, bizarre given his apparent lack of any qualifiication other than his new found success in applying for govt handouts.

          Mocks experience with none of his own; from such a position everyone's a dinosaur.

          None of your links makes the BER "officially" successful. Not only was it poor value for money (supported by state auditor investigations), building infrastructure that has negligible educational value (halls, tuck shops) the money was a keynesian response to the GFC despite the majority if the spending being years after.

          Ask the children of Greece what uncontrolled govt spending is like. They too were told of its benefits;-)
          Richard Flude
          • What a choice

            Brad Orgill said BER was successful...

            Mike Quigley says ... NBN will be successful

            Richard Flude (chest beating, traffic counting, fossil and nobody..LOL) says it won't.

            Gee who do we believe...!
            RS-ef540
          • I think the key

            point of this thread is not about the technology, fibre has been used for data transmission for decades. The underlying issue being is the NBN Co build out the most effective means of delivering fast and affordable broadband to the Australian people.
            Blank Look
          • Hitting bottom

            Called a nobody by a person who can't insulate his own home without govt assistance.

            Offically a success; the post still brings a smile. A classic.
            Richard Flude
          • Desperation

            You could have got them too Richard... they weren't means tested (DO YOU UNDERSTAND?) but you were too busy counting cars and electioneering... so never mind.

            I see you have diverted from another good news NBN story again... good work, you are doing the job expected of you again.

            Now off and count a few cars and leave the discussion to the men ;)
            RS-ef540
        • Hi RS,

          My point is not so much that you have the "free" batts installed, I am pointing out your comment made on 25th October 2012 that you would never accept a government subsidy.
          Blank Look
        • Dear RS

          You offer a personal attack on my nom de plume then in the next sentence criticize another for alleged personal attack.
          Blank Look
          • Exactly

            You see it is strange isn't it...

            Your twin does it all the time, refer above.
            RS-ef540