nbn, the company overseeing the construction of Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN), has announced the signing of three Design and Construction Master Agreements (DCMA) for the build of approximately 525,000 premises in Sydney and Melbourne.
In a press release announcing the development nbn said that, while most of the premises to be connected will be served via fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) technology, it said that some may be connected via fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP), fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) or fibre-to-the-basement (FTTB). The three new FTTC DCMA agreements have reportedly been signed with delivery partners Downer EDI Limited, Fulton Hogan Construction and Service Stream, with nbn saying the trio had been selected based on performance metrics, the ability to mobilise and support scale, and their design and construction capability. According to the press release, these FTTC DCMAs will enable nbn to issue work releases at the Fibre Serving Area (FSA) level, incorporating single-dwelling units, multi-dwelling units, bespoke premises, distribution and local fibre networks.
Commenting on the contracts, nbn Chief Network Engineering Officer Peter Ryan said: ‘The new agreements will support our world-leading FTTC technology. Importantly, we have the flexibility to deploy other technologies easily over time. The design and construction framework is intended to enable a faster rollout, by providing end-to-end accountability for the footprint.’
Meanwhile, for premises outside the FTTC DCMA footprint nbn noted that it is negotiating contract variations with its current Planning and Design Services Agreement (PDSA) and Multi-technology Integrated Master Agreement (MIMA) delivery partners to incorporate FTTC technology.