Nextgen Networks has stopped taking new connection orders for its NBN virtual connect product after claiming technical changes to be introduced by NBN Co would force it to spend big to change its infrastructure. Nextgen became the first to offer sub-wholesale products on the NBN in 2011. Its “NBN Connect” product suite offered retail service providers the fibre backhaul to connect Nextgen’s 90 national points of presence in data centres across the country with NBN Co’s planned 121 points of interconnect.
The former boss of telecommunications provider AAPT, David Yuile, has joined network and data centre provider Nextgen Group to head its networks business. Yuile left AAPT in February after the business was bought by internet service provider TPG for $450 million. Nextgen Group CEO Peter McGrath said Yuile’s appointment was designed to boost the company’s focus on its networks operations.
Nextgen will team up with Alcatel-Lucent to build a 2000 km subsea fibre optic cable off the north West Australian coast. NextGen has emerged as the winner of a two-year tender process to connect broadband services to INPEX Ichthys Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and Shell Prelude Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) projects located in the Browse Basin area. Peter McGrath, CEO of Nextgen, told iTnews the cable will be built using the Alcatel-Lucent submarine network at a cost the company predicted to exceed $100 million.