The Bayswater Business Precinct spans across three local governments (Yarra Ranges Council, Knox City Council and Maroondah City Council), represents a $16 billion-dollar local economy and is the second largest manufacturing zoned area in Victoria. A survey conducted by the BBP team in 2020 pre-COVID found the number one issue within was the lack of public transport and the second largest issue for business owners with the lack of high-speed digital communication. However, post lockdown, the urgency of a better high-speed, cost-effective digital communication has forced digital communications to become the priority due to the drastic shift to online communication created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
As such, it is now even more important to ensure that fast and cost-effective digital communication is provided to local businesses to help them thrive in a digital world. To this end, Micron21 a local telecommunication company based in Kilsyth, is working with the Bayswater Business Precinct, local councils and the state government to build a dedicated communication network for the region. The aim is to provide the latest telecommunication platform to accelerate business into the future and create the most highly connected business precinct in Australia. This investment is critical to the success and growth of local business. The proposed network will connect each and every business that adopts the platform with speeds 1000 times faster than the current technology available within our local area.
Over the past few months, Micron21 has conducted a detailed feasibility study of the local area. With the financial support of three local anchor businesses, along with investments by Micron21 to deliver stage one of the project, it is planned that construction will start from the 24th of May and conclude by the end of July 2021.
The aim of stage one of this project will be to enable all businesses located on the south side of Canterbury road between Liverpool and Colchester road access to the Micron21 BBP Connect fibre network. This new backbone network, built under the telecommunication act of 1997 by local licensed carrier Micron21, will be a major project. However, we also understand the importance of minimizing disruption as much as possible. As such, the entire construction team is provided by local businesses that fully understand the importance of this project to the local community, but also the importance to minimize disruption for fellow local businesses as far as possible.
The following local businesses have been engaged for their expertise in this project, and to ensure we continue to contribute to the local economy and drive jobs for the area:
Construction Company Cogar: Based in Kilsyth was selected to provide bi directional drilling, construction and traffic management services.
ABP Plumbing: Based in Lilydale (License #44405) will oversee the installation of all conduct and duct work installed externally on all buildings.
AFL Fibre: Based in Croydon, will be providing the physical fibre cable which will interconnect all businesses.
Anderson Corp: Based in Bayswater will be providing fibre termination unit.
Due to the nature of providing a cost-effective solution to local businesses and the massive costs typically associated with bidirectional drilling, 80% of the network will occur above grounds running across the top (on the roof). This will enable an affordable service to be provided to all local businesses.
Under federal legislation of the Telecommunication Act 1997 Part 1—Preliminary section 1.5 a licensed carrier may install carrier infrastructure externally or internally to any building connection equipment means a facility which is:
(a) installed or attached to a multi-unit building; and
(b) used (or intended to be used at some future time) in the supply of carriage services to end users that are, or are to be, located in any of the following:
(i) the building to which the facility is installed or attached; or
(ii) nearby any related buildings.
Detailed information regarding the rights of a licensed carrier to enter your premises can be found here - https://www.acma.gov.au/property-access-rules-telcos
BBP Fibre Connect Plans
|Plan||Speed||Internet Data||Term||Installation Fee (ex-GST)||Monthly Price (ex-GST)|
|Entry||100/100 Mbit (0.1/0.1 Gbit)||1 TB||1 Year||$1500||$95.00|
|2 TB||1 Year||$1500||$230.00|
|3 TB||1 Year||$1500||$390.00|
|On Application||1 Year||P.O.A||P.O.A|
|Item||Monthly Fee (ex-GST)|
|Static IP Address||$20.00|
|Extra Data (per TB)||$50.00|
|SIP Phone via URL Networks (per Line) Pay for use||$10.00|
|SIP Phone via URL Networks (per Line) Includes Local, National and Mobile Calls||$30.00|
1. Internet Data refers to data consumed outside of Micron21’s BBP Fibre Connect network.
2. TB refers to Terabyte (1,000 Gigabytes). Rates limited to 500Kbps when data plan exceeded in a given month. A Terabyte per month is more than sufficient for most businesses. Unlike NBN and other telco services, we don’t contend (shared use amongst other customers) our connections. You are able to use the full speed provided you have a router capable of the plan speed. There are no data caps between customers on our BBP Fibre Connect Network or Data to Micron21 Datacentre and because the service is direct Ethernet the line speed is the same in both directions i.e. upload as download speed is the same.
3. A virtual local area network (vLAN) allows you to connect to other businesses on this network. For instance, it can allow you to share files between businesses, directly via a Virtual and secure LAN.
4. All 25G connections require the purchase of a 25G NTU and 25G SFPs as a once off purchase of $1250.00 on top of the installation fee