Australian carrier Vertel connects 89 schools to wireless broadband

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Australian carrier Vertel connects 89 schools to wireless broadband

Vertel, a carrier and networking solutions provider based in Sydney, has won a global award for a wireless broadband project that connected 89 schools across regional New South Wales and the ACT.

The project saw Vertel connect the 89 schools to a carrier-grade wide area network, with a high-capacity microwave service commissioned at each education site using technology wireless networking vendor Aviat.

The schools can connect to the broadband network using their on-premise microwave dishes as long as they have line-of-sight to a telecommunications tower.

Schools replaced outdated copper networks and avoided building a more expensive fibre network across a large geographic area. After installing the microwaves, Vertel routed back the broadband service through its own redundant multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) core.

The contract is worth $8 million over three years, and includes ongoing managed services for operating the network across the 89 schools, which span Broken Bay, Lismore, Maitland-Newcastle, Canberra and Goulburn, and Wollongong.

Vertel managing director Theo Belekas said the entire network was designed and deployed in a matter of months. “Our mission is to be the provider of choice for critical communication networks to government, enterprise and service provider organisations," he said.

"We have a complete focus on the design, delivery and operation of highly available, application-assured and secured network services. This is a great win for our business and our people."

For Vertel's efforts, the company was recognised for the "enterprise application of the year" in the education category at the MEF 2016 Excellence Awards in Baltimore, US. 

Founded in 1973, Vertel provides carrier ethernet and mobile networks to government and enterprise customers.

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