The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that, despite having lodged a bid for the National Broadband Network (NBN) project, Telstra has failed to meet the government guidelines for the bid. It is understood that, despite a government stipulation that bids should propose coverage of 98% of the population, Telstra’s submission is for a network covering between 80%-90%. The non-compliant bid is believed to have been prompted by refusals from the government to clarify whether the successful bidder for the project would be forced into a structural separation process. An expert panel appointed by the government is set to consider all bids, and it has been confirmed that this will includes Telstra’s, despite the non-compliance.
In related news, the final two bidders of the six reported have been named, with state and territory proposals submitted by the Tasmanian Government and TransACT.