Data services

Lumea and QCN expand east coast fibre path

Press Release - 08 November 2022

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Lumea and QCN will deliver a new high-speed inter-capital network path between Sydney and Brisbane.

Lumea and QCN will deliver a new high-speed inter-capital network path between Sydney and Brisbane. The interconnection agreement, which was signed today, enables multiple 100G wavelength end-to-end services across a new and diverse above-ground fibre route. The interconnection means both carriers can now offer their customers a complete, carrier-diverse option of highest-grade capacity between NSW and QLD.

Lumea, the largest provider of connection services to the renewable energy sector in Australia, operates one of the most extensive fibre networks spanning throughout inland and coastal areas of NSW, the ACT and Victoria. The extension to Queensland through partnership with QCN further expands Lumea’s capability to deliver uniquely secure, diverse and reliable connectivity to regional and rural communities and businesses.

The interconnection enables both Lumea and QCN to offer services through Optical Groundwire (OPGW) fibre laid atop transmission infrastructure, ensuring a higher degree of resilience than underground fibre in times of severe weather events, such as the 2022 floods.

Lumea’s CEO Richard Lowe commented “Fibre is the critical infrastructure of the 21st century which is why I am proud to be partnering with QCN. This partnership will help to deliver on our promise to power regional development through better connectivity.”

“With Lumea’s energy infrastructure projects predominantly in regional areas, it’s important to us to provide services that benefit the communities in which we work. This fibre expansion will deliver better network capacity and reach which will allow for the improvement of critical services in communities and support business growth”, he said.

QCN Chief Executive Officer, Derek Merdith said “This agreement enables us to provide our customers with a truly diverse network path. Both QCN and Lumea have unique fibre paths that utilise the highest grade, Optical Groundwire Cables, which has a number of significant reliability advantages over buried fibre.”

“This marks a key step in our ongoing bid to expand our services to our clients, offering improved solutions of coverage, capacity, and competition to Queensland,” he added.


About QCN

QCN provides carrier-grade backhaul services to other carriers and Internet and retail service providers, delivering increased data capacity through state-of-the-art, stable, optical networks and access to tower infrastructure.

QCN’s mission is to improve regional connectivity through leveraging the spare telecommunications capacity of Queensland government-owned assets. QCN is jointly owned by Powerlink and Energy Queensland, Queensland Government-owned Corporations.

By delivering improved telecommunications Coverage, Capacity and Competition, QCN enables Queenslanders to take advantage of their exceptional opportunities in the emerging economy. QCN’s operations improve regional connectivity through increasing competition and supporting new investment and jobs in regional Queensland.

QCN’s core network utilises Powerlink and Energy Queensland’s existing telecommunications facilities, with network extensions leveraging traditional telecommunications infrastructure providers. Since its inception in early 2020, QCN has driven a ten-fold increase in delivered capacity across the more than 13,000 kilometres of fibre stretching West from Brisbane to Toowoomba and beyond, and North through regional townships up to Cairns. In 2022, QCN opened up access to Powerlink’s more than 20,000 tower and co-location infrastructure, to its wholesale customers.

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Suzanne Shepherd 0409 495 152