New Infrastructure Database Service to Advance Australia Telecoms Investments
Market Clarity Creates Single Source for Identifying National Transmission Infrastructure Details
Sydney, AUSTRALIA — 30 October 2006. A unique database service launched today covering Australia’s current telecommunications infrastructure is expected to boost telecommunications infrastructure investment.
Market Clarity launched the service as a resource for carriers, service providers and government agencies seeking fast and reliable information on the location, ownership and components of Australia’s telecoms infrastructure.
The database includes the infrastructure holdings deployed and in service of 104 different infrastructure owners. Entries have been correlated and indexed into key categories covering location, technology and ABS population, household and business demographics.
Shara Evans, CEO of Market Clarity, said for the first time, organisations and government are able to gain highly robust information on Australia’s transmission infrastructure with very fast turnaround.
“The information may be small or large. It may be on specific infrastructure type and its owners as well as corresponding demographic information at a regional, suburb or postcode level. The information can then be used to identify the most likely candidates for investment, and the equipment needed to deploy a telecoms or technology service.”
“It can also be used to refine a business case or a proposal to provide a more tangible outcome, or used in a third party review of a business case to verify information, fine tune proposals or identify areas that may have been missed,” she said.
Evans said the information drawn from the Market Clarity transmission infrastructure database could be cross correlated with the firm’s Market Tracker forecast databases to more accurately assess likely take up rates of a service or a technology.
“This is important for initiatives like the Government’s $1.1 billion Connect Australia fund, for example. The database service provides organisations looking to participate in this initiative with a third party independent resource that can assist them in identifying specific areas they should target in their proposals or provide an independent business case verification check. This can be a very affordable way to check assumptions behind their business case.”
According to Shara Evans, the database service could also be used by SMEs, enterprises or government agencies which needed to identify a way to connect a given site to a customer’s network in a remote area.
“The customer may want to know the options to connect one or more sites. The database service allows us to identify the providers that have broadband access infrastructure in that postcode along with the contact details for each organisation – providing an infrastructure locater service,” she said.
The database features key details on 4,000 DSLAM locations, 600 access fibre service areas, HFC network coverage and more than 1,000 fixed wireless broadband base stations. Also included are location details of 2G and 3G mobile network base stations as well as long-haul networks covering 200+ towns served by fibre and microwave.
Shara Evans said new technologies, systems and builds were being tracked separately and would be added to the database as they came on line.
“We expect to see these new developments – including BPL, fibre in residential property developments, 3G upgrades, and existing carriers expanding their networks – moving from trial to live through 2007,” she said.
Evans said the Infrastructure Database was developed over the past 10 months drawing on primary research, carrier and service provider resources and ACMA radiocomm license applications. Also used were diverse secondary research sources such as news articles, press releases, service maps and published industry studies by the federal government, industry groups, as well as state and local governments.
“The database allows you to identify telecoms infrastructure by ownership and location captured to State, Statistical Division, Statistical-Sub Division and postcode levels. Infrastructure identification can also be correlated to the presence of competing infrastructure. The database also includes the technology and location of backhaul services, access services, and information about residential, business and population demographics.”
About Market Clarity
Market Clarity is an award-winning telecommunications analyst firm founded in January 2006 by leading Australian telecommunications researcher and strategic consultant, Shara Evans. The firm covers all aspects of telecommunications, including traditional and converged services and technologies. Market Clarity’s extensive databases of technical and market information cover a wide range of facts and figures on the technologies and services that are shaping the Australian telecommunications market. Market Clarity’s GIS tools and research databases enable the correlation and presentation of highly complex information in an intuitive geographic (map) format.
Market Clarity’s insights are derived from a deep understanding of technology, coupled with comprehensive research, which examines each segment of a service’s value chain as well as underlying population demographics. By leveraging its engineering knowledge with an ongoing primary research program, Market Clarity provides insight, intelligence and advice on all aspects of the Australian telecommunications market including traditional, converged and future technologies. Market Clarity’s unparalleled market knowledge and research databases are brought to all consulting engagements.
Market Clarity’s contribution to telecommunications in Australia was recognised by the telecommunications industry’s peak body, the Communications Alliance, which awarded the company its 2007 ACOMMS award for Services to the Industry – Professional Services.
Market Clarity is headquartered in Sydney, Australia.