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AAPT Mid-Band Ethernet

In 2007, AAPT became the first Australian telecommunications infrastructure company to deliver Mid-Band Ethernet (MBE) or Ethernet over copper. From December 2012, AAPT significantly improved the performance of this Mid-Band Ethernet service, delivering up to 80Mbps*.

What is it?

AAPT’s Mid-Band Ethernet provides super-fast network access over existing copper infrastructure. It uses multiple copper pairs bonded together into a single Ethernet link that can now support symmetric speeds up to 80Mbps* – providing significantly greater speed and flexibility than traditional DSL connections, without the build costs and lead time of fibre.

In addition, because MBE provides a symmetrical service it provides the equal upload and download speeds increasingly important to businesses and critical for Cloud services.

Mid-Band Ethernet achieves its higher speeds by bonding up to eight copper pairs into an inherently powerful and resilient network connection.  Should one or more copper pairs fail the remaining pairs continue to provide connectivity, keeping your business online.

In many cases, high bandwidth fibre is not readily available to your business without large up-front construction costs and a lengthy lead-time. Our Mid-Band Ethernet service leverages the copper infrastructure that is already connected to your business, minimizing connection costs and lead-times.

What does it provide?

High speed symmetrical network connectivity is critical for successful businesses with ever increasing bandwidth requirements. Mid-Band Ethernet network access supports all AAPT enterprise-grade managed network products including our IP VPN and e-LAN Virtual Private Networking products, e-Line Ethernet point to point service, SIP Trunk and ISDN voice access products and flagship internet access product - IP-Line.

Mid-Band Ethernet can support multiple products on our ETA (Ethernet Trunk Access) and EMSA (Ethernet Multi-Service Access) access types. If you already have Mid-Band Ethernet network access any subsequent AAPT product you order can be delivered logically in reduced time and cost. In addition Ethernet is readily available as an interface on most Routers and Switches, lowering the cost of the devices you require.

Is it available for my business?

AAPT Mid-Band Ethernet can potentially reach over 860,000 businesses in 224 exchange areas (as at 30 April 2013) around Australia and this coverage is planned to expand to more than 267 exchanges by mid-2013.

Indicative Speeds available

The speed available to any individual premises is dependent on a number of factors*, including the cable distance from the exchange. This table provides an indication of the potential speeds available.

To find out what AAPT Mid-Band Ethernet services are available for your business please check out our Service Availability tool.

* Speeds above 60Mbps are not available for Carrier e-Line and SIP Voice services or for legacy Ethernet (Ev1) services connected before 30 November 2012.  AAPT's Mid-Band Ethernet (MBE) technology supports an expected data rate of 60-80Mbps for more than 60% of AAPT customers within 300 metres cable distance of the exchange. Speed based on network testing conducted on live in-service AAPT MBE ULLs.
To achieve 80 Mbps services, a frame size of 512bytes; 8 ULLs; a deployment class 9s from Telstra; HN4000-E and HN40X-E hardware version; and sufficient backhaul capacity to the HN4000-E node must be available.
The availability of each speed range is affected by the cable distance, availability and quality of the copper wires from the exchange to the customer site, electrical interference from outside sources and the existence and condition of copper wiring at the customer site. The actual speed experienced is affected by the logical speed of the Ethernet link, network capacity, network utilisation, customer hardware, software and websites visited.