Updated: Federal Government picks towns for NBN bush kick-off

Regional locations announced for the first step in the mainland steps of the NBN

The Federal Government has opened a tender process seeking candidates to build, operate and maintain backbone transmission links to regional towns as part of the first steps in its $43 billion national broadband network (NBN) plan.

Locations identified in the Regional Backbone Blackspots Program as first off the rank include: Wonthaggi, Leongatha, Korumburra, Inverloch, Foster, Yarram, Victor Harbor, Broken Hill, Darwin, Geraldton, Emerald and Longreach.

Tender documents state the government will retain ownership of the fibre optic cable assets and associated passive infrastructure.

Each location (with the exception of Geraldton) is to receive a minimum of 24 optical fibres but alternative technologies, such as microwave, will be considered for small elements of the rollout.

For the first five years, tenderers will be expected to exclusively maintain and operate the backbone transmission link(s). The NBNco will then take over this role on behalf of the government but may retain the original tenderer to provide the same or equivalent services. The government is also offering the option of funding for the establishment of the new backbone transmission infrastructure. The tender closes on August 5.

“The Government is moving rapidly to deliver the National Broadband Network and will start work on high-speed infrastructure for an initial six priority regional locations,” the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, said in a statement.

“This immediate action will result in new high-speed backbone links to stimulate competition and better broadband services in regional Australia.”

“It is just the beginning and the National Broadband Network will ensure high-speed broadband is also expanded to all homes, schools and workplaces across Australia.”

The plan to give the bush a head start in the NBN was first announced in April, just weeks after the government abandoned the initial tender process for a fibre-to-the-node (FttN) NBN in favour of a self-run fibre-to-the-premises (FttP) model.

In recent weeks a growing throng of ICT industry figures have pointed to the broad array of opportunities the NBN could offer to counter concerns the discourse is too focussed on fast Internet. The most recent person to add their voice was Gartner research director, Robin Simpson, who pointed to the potential of the NBN to drive the uptake of 802.11n based wireless networks.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags NBNnational broadband networktender

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Trevor Clarke
Show Comments

Brand Post

Bitdefender 2018

With determination and drive, you achieve outstanding performance! Get Bitdefender Total Security 2018 Now!

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?