NBN Taps Speedcast for Long-Term NBN Sky Muster Partnership

March 5, 2018
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In an effort to deliver wholesale business and enterprise satellite services to regional and remote Australia, NBN Co has struck a deal with remote communications and IT solutions provider Speedcast. The 10-year contract, which costed the networking giant $184 million, will work hand in hand with NBN Co in developing and enterprise satellite services for the networking giant itself.

“We are honoured and grateful to have been chosen for such an important program and we are excited to play a part in expanding the communication services available in Australia,” Speedcast chief executive Pierre-Jean Beylier said.

“I thank NBN Co for their trust in Speedcast’s ability to deliver reliable communications services enabling mission-critical applications that enterprise and government customers rely on; something we are passionate about and have been doing very successfully in Australia for many years as well as in over 100 countries around the world.”

According to CRN, the value of the project is $107 million for the base network build and managed services project, while the remaining $77 million will be used for other demand-driven services”. Meanwhile, NBN Co said it expects the project to be readily available by early 2019.

“The provision of wholesale business-grade services over the Sky Muster satellites has been a part of NBN Co’s product roadmap since 2014,” NBN Co said in a statement. “It will be complementary to NBN Co’s existing retail Sky Muster satellite offering and will not impact residential services.”

On the other hand, Speedcast will establish a branch in Melbourne to support the networking giant and is also part of the provisions of the deal.

“This new contract will be a transformational project for Speedcast in Australia,” Speedcast said in a statement. “The services provided by Speedcast will complement NBN Co’s consumer satellite service and will serve to increase the availability of enterprise-grade cost-effective communications solutions for Australian businesses.”