Telstra strikes AUD150m deal with NBN Co for large-scale trial FTTN rollout

26 Jun 2014

Australian fixed line incumbent Telstra and NBN Co, the company overseeing the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN), have reportedly inked a deal worth around AUD150 million (USD121 million) for the connection of 206,000 premises via the Coalition’s preferred fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) technology. According to the Australian Financial Review, the deal will see Telstra deploy fibre infrastructure in mostly regional areas across New South Wales and Queensland, with construction expected to take around a year, with around 1,000 nodes will be involved in the rollout.

However, it is understood that this project has no bearing on the major renegotiation of Telstra’s existing AUD11 billion deal with NBN Co, with communications minister Malcom Turnbull cited as saying: ‘The agreement … represents an interim step while NBN Co, Telstra and the government finalise changes to the existing Definitive Agreements covering Telstra’s participation in the NBN.’

Australia, NBN Co, Telstra (incl. Belong)