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Aurora and NSN deliver major upgrade to optical fiber backbone

08 апреля 2010

Aurora Energy and Nokia Siemens Networks have completed a major capacity upgrade on the TasGovNet optical fiber backbone network.

The network, which connects the cities of Hobart, Launceston, Burnie and Devonport, represents a launch platform for Tasmania’s communications revolution. The upgrade project substantially increases the capacity of the network and will reduce ongoing operational costs. 

Aurora’s telecommunications strategic advisor Gary Eiszele said the demand for broadband in Tasmania is growing rapidly. The recent upgrade enables Aurora Energy to satisfy the new connectivity needs of operators, enterprises, and government in Tasmania.

For the upgrade, Aurora selected Nokia Siemens Networks to supply and deploy its dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) network. Under the scope of the deal, the company deployed and commissioned its hiT 7300 DWDM platform, and provided related equipment and support services. 

“If we want to ensure our stake in this market, we have to scale up quickly and cost efficiently,” added Eiszele. “Having worked closely with Nokia Siemens Networks before, we had full confidence in its ability to complement global experience with local support abilities. Nokia Siemens Networks tailored a solution for us that met the market needs for high bandwidth.”

“By undertaking this cost-effective evolution to increase capacities from hundreds of megabits per second to tens of gigabits per second, Aurora will be able to help its customers meet its need for seamless high-end broadband applications,” said Kalevi Kostiainen, head of the Australia-New Zealand region at Nokia Siemens Networks. “We have a long history of providing solutions to the Tasmanian market, including Aurora Energy. By partnering with Aurora again we are helping it make the most of this market’s potential.”

Aurora is Nokia Siemens Networks’ fifth deployment in Australia of the hiT 7300 platform, which reduces network complexity and simplifies network maintenance and management, resulting in lower capital and operating expenses. Nokia Siemens Networks has also provided network implementation and training for Aurora’s staff.  

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