Macquarie Corporate selects Lucent for data network

Macquarie Corporate Telecommunications has selected Lucent Technologies to provide ATM technology for a national data network to be rolled out later this year, officials announced yesterday.

Lucent was chosen for the multimillion dollar investment from a pool of five bidders invited to tender for the project last November.

According to Aidan Tudehope, Macquarie's chief operating officer, building the data network is "not a major shift" in business operations for Macquarie, but rather the next step for the corporate telco provider.

"We've got the customer base . . . [and] design network, the next step is to have the network option," Tudehope said.

"Macquarie to date has been very successful in a solution management model . . . [the data network provides] an extra option that our facilities management consultants can use."

The network will allow Macquarie to compete more closely with Telstra and Optus by providing customers with another carrier-grade network to choose from.

According to Tudehope, Macquarie plans to launch a number of related products such as frame relay, IP-based products and integrated access in May before the commercial rollout of the network in Q3 this year.

Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth will be the first cities connected, followed by Hobart and Adelaide and some regional centres, Tudehope said.