First steps towards implementation of the NBN are already underway with the Federal Government understood to be negotiating with state governments and semi-government agencies to acquire fibre optic networks.
This indicates the Government’s intention to move rapidly to rollout the network based on existing infrastructure, filling in gaps in key regional areas.
The Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE) has advertised for industry advisors to support the NBN Implementation Committee, which is to be established and running at full speed within a month.
The announcement that it would fast track a program worth $250m to improve the nation’s backbone fibre optic network in regional areas is further evidence of the Government’s commitment to the speedy realisation of this project.
Building the NBN infrastructure will be the largest ever ICT undertaking in Australia. It will include significant opportunities for suppliers during the build and for the supply of services in its operational phase.