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Queensland’s newest backhaul provider ready to launch services

17 Mar, 2020

QCN Fibre’s chief executive Derek Merdith says the Queensland government backed backhaul provider expects to kick off services from April.  QCN Fibre — for ‘Queensland Capacity Network’ — was originally dubbed ‘FibreCo’ when the state government first announced the project. “Currently, Telstra and Optus dominate the wholesale market in regional Queensland and this makes it harder for new players to get on the scene,” Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said when the FibreCo initiative was detailed in December 2018. “Fast and reliable Internet is vital when it comes to running a business,” said Palaszczuk. “And by using the government’s fibre optic network, we can provide significantly greater capacity than what’s currently available in regional Queensland.” “The mission of QCN is to utilise the whole of the government’s infrastructure assets,” Merdith told CommsDay. “The advantage in Queensland is the government hasn’t sold any of the infrastructure.” Initially QCN is using the electricity assets because “it’s an easy win,” he said: “They’re already running telco-grade Dense Wavelength Division Multiplex networks.” The company is jointly owned by Powerlink Queensland and Energy Queensland and will be using optical ground wire cables rolled out by the utilities. “The physical infrastructure has been there for decades, and…

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