NBN Co is nearing completion of the first stage of its accelerated FTTP rollout to select multi-dwelling buildings, as part of its competitive response to infrastructure competition posed by TPG.

According to Federal Minister for Communications, Malcolm Turnbull, “The company faces a competitive threat in servicing multi-dwelling units in metropolitan areas and it is now well advanced in its accelerated program, with 10 out of 12 multi dwelling units identified in the first limited deployment now ready for service.”

“Those multi dwelling units are in Fortitude Valley in Queensland; Haymarket and the Sydney CBD in NSW; and Docklands and South Melbourne in Victoria.”

“But I have made it clear that the company is to have full flexibility and be innovative in its deployment and this is particularly true in areas identified as being vulnerable to competitive threat.”

“The company has said that it expects its fibre-to-the-basement product ready for widespread deployment in the first quarter of 2015 and this should see the continued acceleration of the program.”

The Communications Minister also said that a greensfields paper will soon be released.

“We are working with the NBN Co and consulting with private companies in the greenfields sector to ensure that there is a more level playing field.”

“We will have a discussion paper out soon on greenfields to canvass potential changes.”

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