nbn (formerly NBN Co), the company responsible for the construction of Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN), has unveiled two distinct agreements related to the management of the infrastructure’s design and construction, and the operation and maintenance of its ‘growing multi-technology mix’.
To leverage local industry expertise and simplify the process of upgrading and transitioning ownership of the two Hybrid Fibre Co-axial (HFC) networks that will be incorporated into the NBN, a shared management approach has been discussed with both Telstra and Optus for their respective networks. nbn has now entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Telstra, whereby a way forward is being negotiated for early 2016 regarding the design and construction management of the nbn HFC footprint currently passed by the existing Telstra HFC network. Discussions with Optus regarding a similar objective, neawhile, are ongoing.
Alongside this, Telstra, Service Stream Limited and BSA Limited have each been awarded an Operate and Maintain Master Agreement (OMMA), for the provision of services related to fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP), fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) and HFC technologies. Work covered by the OMMA relates to operations and maintenance work once an area has been declared ‘ready for service’ (RFS) and end-users are able to order a connection.