nbn has signed contracts with six major delivery partners to deliver NBN to homes and businesses across the Telstra HFC footprint.
nbn has appointed Lend Lease, Broadspectrum, Fulton Hogan, Downer, ISGM and BSA to carry out the construction of the NBN network across the Telstra hybrid fiber-coaxial (HFC) footprint.
The deployment of the NBN network within the Telstra HFC footprint uses the existing Telstra cable-TV network to the premises, enabling the network to be deployed quickly and cost effectively.
Premises will be primarily connected to nbn’s upgraded HFC technology as well as via deployment of a multi-technology mix (MTM) solution.
nbn launched its HFC product on the former Optus network in Redcliffe QLD in June 2016, with customers now joining the nbn network on the final MTM technology.
nbn Chief Network Engineering Officer Peter Ryan said, “The NBN network is now available to more than 2.9 million homes and businesses around Australia. With this additional work from our delivery partners the HFC network will be deployed at scale to enable nbn to meet its 2020 targets.
“With this process we have ensured the most appropriate delivery partners are doing the work. They have enormous experience in construction in the telecommunications industry which will help us roll it out faster.”
Under the HFC Delivery Agreement announced in April 2016, Telstra will manage the MIMA Delivery Partners in the construction of the network within the Telstra HFC footprint.
“Telstra’s management of the multi-technology integrated master agreement delivery partners will be undertaken in close consultation with nbn,” Mr Ryan said.
The HFC network is expected to deliver wholesale speeds up to 100Mbps download and 40Mbps upload.