TasmaNet became the first internet service
provider in Australia to deliver superfast broadband using new nbnTM
Enterprise Ethernet fibre technology after successfully commissioning a 1 Gbps
connection for St Michael’s Collegiate School in Hobart today.
Managing Director Joel
Harris joined nbn Co CEO Stephen Rue, students and staff at St Michael’s
Collegiate School in Hobart today to mark the successful commissioning of the
first Enterprise Ethernet connection in the country.
Mr Harris said that being first
in the nation was becoming business as usual for the Hobart-based company.
“TasmaNet ordered the first 1 Gbps connection in Australia delivered
over the existing National Broadband Network, in 2017 for a wholesale customer,
and we worked hard to be first in Australia to order and deliver the new NBN
Enterprise Ethernet fibre technology.
“We realised immediately how useful the new Enterprise
Ethernet technology would be for the business, education, and government
customers who rely on us to deliver specialised connection, data protection,
and cloud computing solutions,” Mr Harris said.
nbnTM Enterprise Ethernet requires a dedicated point-to-point
fibre connection to be extended from the existing National Broadband Network
into the customer’s premises.
By bringing fibre optic cable to potentially any premises
within the nbnTM fixed line footprint and delivering symmetrical
data upload and download performance, Enterprise Ethernet offers a
cost-effective way to achieve the kind of superfast, dependable fibre
connectivity critical to future business innovation, education, and service
Mr Harris thanked St Michael’s Collegiate School, nbn Co,
and TasmaNet staff for making the milestone possible.
“St Michael’s Collegiate Director of ICT Tim Innes-Brown is
the kind of innovative IT professional TasmaNet loves to partner with; he understood
how Enterprise Ethernet fit with Collegiate’s focus on STEM and a digital
learning environment and trusted our relationship enough to order the service
on the first day it became available from nbn Co.
“Tim and TasmaNet Account Manager Brendan Cooper worked
closely with nbn Co and our technical staff to ensure that the fibre build and
service connection happened smoothly, and the project delivery has exceeded our
expectations,” Mr Harris said.
Mr Harris said that the milestone once again demonstrated how
smaller regional technology companies could compete against their much larger
rivals thanks to the nbnTM.
“TasmaNet was formed by a group of mates to bring digital
services to poorly served communities in Tasmania, we’ve always been more
focused on solving interesting problems that deliver the outcomes our customers
need rather than bringing predetermined products to the mass market.
“TasmaNet decided early on to become one of the few
accredited nbnTM Wholesale Service Providers in the country so that
we could control every aspect of our service delivery without relying on one of
the ‘Big 4’ telco companies who, directly or indirectly, have captured some 96
per cent of the Australian broadband market.
“We can deliver business grade, unlimited, uncrowded
broadband nationally from our Tasmanian base using the nbnTM, and the
superfast fibre connectivity offered by Enterprise Ethernet unlocks the full
benefits of our integrated networking, data protection, and cloud management
Mr Harris said that developments like Enterprise Ethernet
would help to grow the Tasmanian economy and increase demand for highly skilled
IT employees in the state.
“High quality connectivity reduces Tasmania’s
traditional geographic disadvantage and means that the TasmaNet team can
compete nationally and internationally while living in one of the best places
on the planet – we love it!”