A secure and reliable carrier ethernet network, designed to MEF standards, has been launched by TransGrid Telecommunications and Nokia, opening up the potential for significant data and carrier developments in New South Wales.

TransGrid’s Head of Telecommunications, Glenn Wood, said that the upgrade is a significant milestone for TransGrid, and a major addition to the company’s 4000km ‘Fibre in the Sky’ network.

“This upgrade gives NSW access to a new, state-of-the-art telecommunications network with some of the best reliability, speed and security in the market today,” Mr Wood said.

“Government, wholesale and enterprise customers now have a real and competitive alternative, with a network designed to the highest standards and incorporating the latest equipment and switching technology available.”

Founded in 2001, MEF is a global industry alliance comprising more than 200 organisations that aims to accelerate the worldwide adoption of assured services across automated networks.

The MEF develops technical specifications and implementation agreements to promote interoperability and deployment of Carrier Ethernet worldwide. This is a ubiquitous, standardised, carrier-class service that distinguishes it from familiar LAN-based Ethernet. MEF Members include large domestic and international telcos and networking vendors.

Stuart Hendry, Head of Transport, Energy and Public Sector for Asia Pacific and Japan at Nokia, said, “We didn’t just provide them the technology, but worked hand in hand to design and build an industry leading telecommunications network with TransGrid.

“This partnership enables greater network performance to TransGrid and its customers, bringing us one step closer to the realisation of a more connected world.”

Lauren ‘LJ’ Butler is the Assistant Editor of Utility magazine and has been part of the team at Monkey Media since 2018.

After completing a Bachelor of Media, Communications and Professional Writing at the University of Wollongong in 2014, and prior to writing about the utility sector, LJ worked as a Journalist and Sub Editor across the horticulture, hardware, power equipment, construction and accommodation industries with publishers such as Glenvale Publications, Multimedia Publishing and Bean Media Group.

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