TelstraClear’s fibre-based IP network, which utilises ethernet, is available in the Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch central business districts, though the company appears coy on the question of whether it intends to eventually extend the offering to residential customers.
Key clients business manager Rob Julian, speaking at a presentation in Auckland recently, avoided directly answering the question of residential expansion but did say TelstraClear is working with two building developers and that business customers are being successfully signed up.
Among them is Unisys, which in addition to having branches in Auckland and Wellington has an important data centre on the Kapiti Coast, near Wellington.
Unisys is finding TelstraClear’s all-IP network useful in linking its Auckland and Wellington sites and its Kapiti data centre, says data centres services manager Shane Gaskin.
“We had Telecom copper coming in to the Kapiti data centre and to get fibre and some diversity as far as our network goes would have cost a lot.”
The decision was made several months ago to join TelstraClear’s network and it “has allowed us to be more proactive in our services to customers”, Gaskin says. “It has allowed us to deliver another service, network services.”
Moving Unisys’ internal voice and data network to TelstraClear meant improvements in the link between Wellington and the Kapiti data centre. “Telecom saw Kapiti-to-Wellington as an inter-metro connection, but now we have a connection that takes in Wellington and Kapiti and is a lot more seamless. The mechanism of connecting to TelstraClear’s network is a lot easier and we have the capability to hook people up with [virtual private network] connections.”