Monday, June 28, 2010

Australia's National Broadband Network - no hanging about down under


Further to a deal being struck with Telstra (see this previous post), two recent announcements underline the Australian National Broadband Network's continued forward motion:
  • On 23 June, NBN Co Limited ("NBN Co’s role is to realise the Australian Government’s vision for the development of a next generation NBN") announced that it will ask 21 key Australian companies including six utility companies to tender for the progressive roll-out of the Fibre Access Network. These companies will be issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for Design and Construction – Fibre Access Network. This follows the previous Request for Capability Statement (RCS) issued in March which received 45 responses. More details here; the tendering process for design and construction is expected to be complete by the end of 2010.
  • On 24 June, NBN Co announced that "it has selected the initial strategic supplier for the Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) and Ethernet Aggregation equipment needed to operate the fibre access network. The initial supplier is Alcatel-Lucent". More details here and a diagram showing the scope of NBN Co equipment contracts is available here. NBN Co has committed to an initial $70 million fixed price purchase with the option to buy as much equipment as requried as the project grows in scale. Once NBN Co achieves full rollout scale, NBN Co intends to engage other GPON equipment suppliers who will interoperate with Alcatel-Lucent’s GPON equipment.

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