Who is QCN Fibre? The team at QCN Fibre is driving innovation throughout Queensland communities. Through delivering real solutions of improved telecommunications Coverage, Capacity and Competition, QCN Fibre enables Queenslanders to take advantage of their exceptional opportunities in the emerging economy.
QCN stands for Queensland Capacity Network and is jointly owned by Powerlink and Energy Queensland. Our Chairman, Greg Young and CEO, Derek Merdith have deep, global, and local experience with market-leading telecommunications organisations.
QCN Fibre is known as a government-owned corporation (GOC) subsidiary. It is jointly owned by Powerlink Queensland and Energy Queensland who have two Shareholding Ministers;
QCN Fibre was established in direct response to the recommendations of the Telecommunications for the Regions Project, which provided its key report, late 2018.
This project identified a number of opportunities to leverage existing government-owned telecommunications infrastructure. QCN Fibre will improve access to digital capability for regional Queenslanders through delivering real solutions of improved telecommunications Coverage, Capacity and Competition. QCN Fibre enables Queenslanders to take advantage of their exceptional opportunities in the emerging economy.
Backhaul is a high capacity wholesale service that enables an RSP or ISP to carry large volumes of voice, data and video traffic, often over long distances back to their network hub – typically Brisbane.Backhaul capacity is sold to telecommunication service providers, who then sell Internet and business grade packages to their customers.
QCN Fibre’s network coverage extends across the established 12,000kms+ of Powerlink and Energy Queensland fibre infrastructure networks which provides a regional footprint, second only to Telstra. Additional network expansion available to QCN Fibre, by enabling other State-owned fibre infrastructure and strategic ‘capacity swaps’, could see the coverage extend beyond 12,000kms.
This includes thousands of kilometres of idle and under-used fibre optic cables throughout the State, stretching west from Brisbane to Toowoomba and beyond, and north through regional townships up to Cairns.
QCN Fibre will soon plug into a major international cable network through a new submarine link at Maroochydore, which will give Queensland faster access to Asia and the US – a boon for data-intensive regional businesses.
QCN Fibre is a wholesaler to Retail Service Providers (RSPs) and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and QCN Channel Partners.
As a carrier-agnostic telecommunications backhaul provider, QCN Fibre sells wholesale services to local internet providers, providing local, regional and remote businesses and communities with more choice than ever.
QCN Fibre is not duplicating or competing with the National Broadband Network. QCN Fibre complements and supports nbn by connecting backhaul capacity to nbn Points of Interconnect (POIs). The nbn can then connect these regional POIs to homes and businesses for RSPs and ISPs.
QCN Fibre’s network utilises Dense Wave Division Multiplexing (DWDM) to provide extremely high capacity data transmission over optic fibres.
This technology puts together (or ‘multiplexes’) data signals from different sources so they can share a single optical fibre pair while maintaining complete and secure separation of data streams.
To manage our electricity, rail and water utilities, the Queensland Government built a telecommunications network, including towers, fibre and microwave networks. This includes the equipment used to monitor and operate these networks.
There is spare capacity in this network that QCN Fibre provides to our clients to support fast, reliable and affordable Internet to regional communities in Queensland.
Beyond their core businesses, Queensland’s government-owned entities, such as the Energy Queensland Limited group and Powerlink Queensland, have been delivering commercial-grade telecommunication services to industry customers for over ten years.
Advances in technology allow more data transfer using less physical capacity. This means that the Government has opened up this network to improve telecommunications Coverage, Capacity and Competition for regional Queenslanders.
The team at QCN Fibre is driving innovation throughout Queensland communities. Through delivering real solutions of improved telecommunications Coverage, Capacity and Competition, QCN Fibre enables Queenslanders to take advantage of their exceptional opportunities in the emerging economy.
QCN Fibre provides backhaul capacity to RSPs and ISPs, wholesale and extremely competitively. Regional Queenslanders will benefit from:
QCN Fibre’s current network currently stretches over 12,000+ kilometres, right along the east coast centres such as Mackay, Rockhampton, Cairns, Townsville, and through to the Sunshine and Gold Coasts and townships west through Toowoomba and out to more remote towns such as Goondiwindi.
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