Optus has revealed plans to offer virtual internet service provider services wholesale on the National Broadband Network (NBN).
In the current market, Optus offers a number of wholesale fixed-line services via its own infrastructure as well as on-selling services on Telstra's copper network.
Vicki Brady, managing director of Optus' wholesale and satellite division, told the Communications Day 2011 Summit in Sydney today that people are questioning whether Optus will have a wholesale business in the future, given the impending roll-out of the NBN. She said that the future for the wholesale company would be to offer wholesale NBN services with bundled additional services for internet service providers (ISPs) that didn't want to deal directly with NBN Co.
"Optus wholesale will be there as an aggregator and a reseller of NBN services," she said. "We will also be launching an all new virtual ISP service that combines these and other capabilities to make selling NBN services as easy as desired by our customers."
Brady said many retailers would choose to buy from NBN service aggregators rather than directly from NBN Co because aggregators could add services onto this to make it "simpler for customers and businesses".
Brady also praised the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's (ACCC) decision to have 121 points of interconnect for the NBN, stating that this decision would lead to a competitive backhaul market that Optus would also compete in.
She said that despite the inevitable downsides of a taxpayer-funded wholesale fixed-line network provider entering the market, the future is bright for Optus Wholesale.
"We stand ready to achieve the same success in the new open-access fixed-line market," she said.
"The wholesale industry is about to go through a tremendous amount of change but I know this change will be one where Optus emerges stronger than it has been in the past with a broader range of services offered to our customers than ever before."