TransACT to upgrade Canberra fibre network

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TransACT to upgrade Canberra fibre network

Big capacity boost from early next year.

TransACT will add half a terabit-per-second to its fibre network capacity as part of a network upgrade.

It would allow the Canberra utility to "support thousands more new services", meet "ever-growing demand" and offer higher levels of service assurance, said chief executive officer Ivan Slavich.

It was expected to be completed by early next year.

TransACT offered metro and point-to-point Ethernet services over its fibre network at symmetrical speeds between 5 Mbps and 10 Gbps.

It catered to backhaul of TransACT's access equipment including their GPON optical line termination units and VDSL2 DSLAMs.

Chief technology officer Wayne Bouffler said the company chose a "fully-managed 10G H-VPLS [Hierarchical Virtual Private LAN Service] edge" system from vendor Telco Systems for the upgrade.

H-VPLS fixed the scalability issues of VPLS, which allowed carrier-class services to be deployed over an Ethernet network.

"The selected solution will enable TransACT to cost-effectively scale their network and expand services to business customers by extending VPLS to the access," Telco Systems said.

"It is based on Telco Systems' T-Marc demarcation devices which reside at the customer premise, and T-Metro 7124 aggregation switches which collect the customer traffic and map them into H-VPLS services in the access network.

"T-Metro 7224 10Gig service switches act as a full provider edge switch handling most of the VPLS switching while maintaining QoS and SLA, offloading many of these tasks from the core switch."

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