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NEC In, Huawei Out: Japan Giant Nabs NBN Deal


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The company signed the Wholesale Broadband Agreement with NBN Co today, clearing the path to expand its high-speed wholesale broadband service across Australia.

Headquarted in Toyko, NEC Australia expects to offer high-speed broadband services via the NBN by mid-2012 to small to medium sized service providers, small ISPs and cloud providers.

“A lengthy consultation process was taken to ensure that the agreement signed with NBN Co, to ensure we can deliver competitive wholesale broadband services throughout Australia,” said NEC Australia’s managing director, Alan Hyde.

The negotiated deal offered the best value available, he added, although the value of the deal was not disclosed. 

The services will include wholesale internet, data and voice services for small ISP, Telco or IT businesses who “may otherwise be edged out of the market by the major providers,” the company said.

The agreement means NEC will further invest in existing DSLAM-based wholesale broadband and third party networks, which covers 92% of the population.

This comes after it emerged this week Chinese giant Huawei was denied any contracts on the NBN following Federal government’s fears about a cyber attack by the Chinese administration.

Read: Huawei Begs NBN Mercy On Cyber War Fears

Combining its Cloud Telephony and Cloud Contact Centre solutions with fibre services means that NEC Nextep service can provide wholesalers with an end to end solution voice/data service.

NEC Australia provides advice to the government under the Federal Whole of Government Telecommunications Panel on telecommunications services, which agencies procure services to supplement their internal capabilities.