Nextgen Fibre Network
Our carrier business, Nextgen Networks, is a licensed carrier under the Telecommunications Act 1997. The business was acquired in 2003 and is a now a wholly owned subsidiary of Leighton Holdings and a member of Leighton Contractors.
The business is a leading investor and innovative provider of wholesale backhaul services to the telecommunications industry.
Its network is based on a geographically protected national architecture, with 19,000km of fibre connecting more than 130 major metropolitan and regional population centres. Our core network provides seamless high performance data networking carriage services between rural and regional centres, metropolitan areas, mainland capital cities and international cable routes.
More than 75 per cent of Australia’s population is within five kilometres of a Nextgen cable.
Nextgen is a nationally-scaled, non-residential operator with a specialist wholesale mandate. It is not a provider of residential retail services to consumers and therefore has no channel conflict with its own customers.
Construction of its original network was completed in 2002 with $850 million invested in state-of-the-art facilities with key vendors such as Lucent Technologies. With a national DWDM SDH transmission network and Layer 2 VPLS switched data network, these assets represent the most modern backbone assets of any major carrier and a critical component to the development of a viable National Broadband Network.
An additional $470 million of subsequent network deployment was commenced in 2010 under our National Fibre Program. These works are now complete and the entire asset now represents the second largest transmission network in Australia.
Nextgen also has extensive capital city fibre infrastructure with high capacity metro rings and wholesale interconnects to all main carriers for site connections. Additional points of presence are maintained in most major co-location facilities. The network directly connects to more than 1,700 offices and business sites throughout Australia.