Australian National Broadband Network

In late 2008, the Federal Government of Australia announced it will start a company, called NBN Co., that will invest up to AU$43 billion over eight years to build and operate a National Broadband Network (NBN) delivering superfast broadband to Australian homes and workplaces through cabled fiber to the home, satellite and wireless technologies.

The NBN will not only allow businesses and families to surf the net faster, it will also open whole new industries such as Television transmitted over the internet, telemedicine, distance learning and many others.

 With the establishment of the NBN the Israel Trade Commission (ITC) in Sydney believe that there is a huge opportunity for Israeli Companies to tender for certain projects and/or allying with the largest Australian Telecommunication Group and to participate in the formation of the NBN. Whether it be supplying the cables for the fiber to the home network, or the back end operational systems, there will be a huge infrastructure being set up all over Australia. 

Everyday there is new information about the formation of the NBN Co., with already a CEO, CFO and other executive positions been filled and they have already opened the tender process in Tasmania (the most southern and least populated State of Australia), which is being run as a test-bed for this technology.

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The NBN Company is looking to receive Capability Statements from experienced suppliers of Fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) and related active equipment (Aggregation and Transmission Equipment) to support the deployment of a point-to-point and gigabit passive optical (GPON) network.  You can do this by going to http://www.nbnco.com.au/registerInterest.aspx.

NBN CO has released its Consultation paper with the industry.

Some of the largest news stories from the NBN will be add to this website weekly for you information.

Alcatel’s Quigley wins NBN chair
Telstra stalwarts to lead NBN Co
NBN to shift telcos’ focus
Tassie NBN digging to start October
Grey ghost Quigley still on the leash
Cable bought for Tassie NBN roll-out
Realising Our Broadband Future (2 day conference about the NBN)
Tassie NBN chooses network vendor
OptiComm scores Tas NBN deal
NBN build limited to two network vendors
NBN to hit mainland from July
NBN Co draft legislation unveiled
Conroy’s NBN threat to Telstra

NBN Co to Vet Vendor Skeletons

The government-owned fibre-to-the-home builder and operator, NBN Co, will over the coming months pore over the capabilities, skeletons and local presence of vendors to create its shortlist of five to 10 suppliers.

Following the NBN Co’s “request for capability” document issued this week as part of the plan to weed out suppliers, nearly all major telco networking vendors are expected to prepare statements for the largest project in the sector for the next decade.

The tender for Australia’s $43 billion NBN will, when it is released, become one of six national fibre-to-the-home projects along with New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Greece and Qatar.

Australia’s fibre-to-the-“premises” network will include GPON (gigabit passive optical network) and point-to-point technologies, the NBN Co specified, with the latter expected to cater to large enterprise, and the former to households.

According to several industry sources, expect more than just the giant telecommunications networking companies to report their five-year track records. Datacentre and IT networking companies, such as Cisco, Hewlett Packard, Juniper Networks, Nortel and others are also expected to submit their capabilities.

In responding to the NBN Co’s request, Swedish vendor Ericsson, French company Alcatel Lucent, China’s Huawei, Japan’s local arm of NEC, and Finnish-German joint venture Nokia Siemens Networks, will all be able to point to major deployments the NBN Co wants to hear about.

However, pointing to examples identical to Australia’s plan — wholesale-only, open-access and across a massive, varied geography — won’t be a simple task, according to Ericsson’s Australian NBN lead, Colin Goodwin.

“It’s not a question of which one is like Australia’s NBN. They’re all unlike each other. It’s one of the fascinating characteristics — they’re all unique,” Goodwin told ZDNet.com.au.

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Australian Government rejects Senate NBN report

The Federal Government will ignore a coalition-dominated Senate committee’s call for a cost-benefit analysis into the National Broadband Network (NBN).

Of the 12 recommendations made by the committee, the Rudd government has agreed with just one, which advocates the development of new applications that promote economic development and improvements in health, education and energy efficiency..

The NBN has a price tag of $43 billion and has been touted by the government as the largest infrastructure project ever undertaken in Australia.

The committee, in its third report into project, recommended a rigorous cost-benefit analysis be done before the NBN Co enters into any new asset purchasing agreements for the mainland deployment.

But despite the cost, the government is continuing to refuse to conduct such an analysis. It has also refused to agree to the committee’s recommendation that an interim report of an implementation study due early next year be provided by December 31.

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