NBN Co names Alca-Lu as first key supplier

25 Jun 2010

French-US vendor Alcatel-Lucent has been named as the winner of a contract to supply fibre-optic equipment for the Australian National Broadband Network, The Australian reports. Alca-Lu is the first strategic supplier selected for the Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) and Ethernet Aggregation equipment required to operate the NBN. Kevin Brown, head of NBN Co, the public-private company set up to oversee the construction of the nationwide fibre infrastructure, said that it had committed an initial AUD70 million (USD60.85 million) for equipment purchases, although in total the company has set aside some AUD1.5 billion for hardware expenditure. Under the terms of the contract Alca-Lu will also provide engineering and testing services for the network. Commenting on this first vendor deal, Mr Brown noted: ‘Entering into this key contract enables NBN Co to deliver a world-class, fibre-based, high-speed network for Australia, starting with our announced first release sites. We plan to spend up to AUD1.5bn on this highly-specialised network equipment during the lifetime of this project,’ also adding, ‘The contract with Alcatel-Lucent allows NBN Co to purchase what it needs when it needs it, and allows us to engage other suppliers at a later date of our choosing.’

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