NBN Co outlines plans for FTTB pilot, invites alternative providers to take part

19 Nov 2013

NBN Co, the public-private company overseeing the construction and management of the National Broadband Network (NBN), has sent out expressions of interest to retail service providers (RSPs) with regards to participation in a three-month fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) pilot which it aims to launch in January 2014. NBN Co plans to roll out FTTB services in up to ten large office complexes and apartment blocks across the country, comprising up to 1,000 individual homes and offices.

Gary McLaren, NBN Co’s Chief Technology Officer, was cited as saying of the plans: ‘“Our goal is to ensure that all Australians can have access to very fast broadband as soon, as cost-effectively and as affordably as possible … The pilot is an essential step along the way to determinie the right mix of technologies to do just that.’

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