Speedway established in Auckland CBD

TelstraSaturn's new Speedway WAN package has been adopted by about 10 large Auckland customers, claims product manager Julio Coelho.

TelstraSaturn’s new Speedway WAN package has been adopted by about 10 large Auckland customers, claims product manager Julio Coelho.

A customer subscribing to the full 1Gbit/s service will pay $9300 a month for a point-to-point connection anywhere on TelstraSaturn's fibre-based loop, Coelho says, with further connections costing less.

The ethernet-based package, released this month, enables users to download data via IP at up to 1Gbit/s, though most signed-up customers have opted for a lower initial bit rate.

Speedway is the third of five stages in the development of a single architecture for voice, data, video and a fixed infrastructure that can support wireless base stations, says Telstra Saturn technology director Tony Baird. “Our network is a true carrier class, converged one enabling local, national and international services — voice, data, video and television — by way of internet protocol.”

Voice, data and streaming video are currently available, with broadcast quality video to come at a lager stage, Baird says.

The package was put together by Ericsson, which was contracted as system integrator.

Coelho says Speedway is similar to the optical IP network offered by US company Yipes Communications.

Telecom business group marketing manager Greg McAlister says Speedway doesn’t alter the competitive landscape in the telecommunications sector.

“We have a 100Mb ethernet product and a 155Mb ATM [asynchronous transfer mode] product and given the applications available today, that’s all that’s needed. We have a few customers who need to go in excess of that and we offer customised services for them.

In the future, when applications are developed which require more than 155Mb, Telecom will have products to provide it, McAlister says.

Clear network solutions group general manager Susan Stone says Clear has the ability to provide 1Gbit/s, but few clients have requested it.

TelstraSaturn’s Baird says what distinguishes Speedway from Telecom and Clear’s products is that “theirs would be a very point solution, I suspect and not a true architecture of convergent voice and data as our is".

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