NBN Co inks deal with NSN for optical transmission kit

29 Oct 2010

NBN Co, the public-private company created to oversee the construction and operation of Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN), has selected Finnish vendor Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) to provide hardware for the new network. Under the terms of the agreement NSN will deploy its optical network (DWDM) technology and management systems, whilst it will also provide related services including design, logistics, installation, commissioning, local pre-deployment system testing and care. The potential value of the deal has been pegged at AUD400 million (USD391 million) over the ten years that the network construction is expected to take; the bulk of the optical transmission network will be rolled out in the first three years. Commenting on the development, Kevin Brown, head of corporate services for NBN Co, noted: ‘Nokia Siemens Networks is a high-quality global and local supplier of equipment and services. Their proven track record in Australia, utilising local expertise combined with global capability, is a sound starting point in the future of our partnership.’

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