nbn, the company overseeing Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN) project, has begun the first stage of constructing its ‘fibre-to-the-curb’ (FTTC) network. The company expects the deployment of the technology to benefit more than one million premises across the country by 2020, as the first step to which it has kicked off a trial deployment in Coburg, on the outskirts of Melbourne. This pilot is reportedly designed to evaluate the construction and installation of its deployment, ahead of a nationwide build that will commence in the coming months. nbn has published a list of locations where it intends to start deploying FTTC between June 2017 and December 2017, with these covering a total of 321,400 premises. Further, nbn has also confirmed it is working with its retail service provider partners to develop a FTTC product, which is scheduled to be available to consumers and businesses by mid-2018.
Commenting on the matter, Chief Network Engineering Officer nbn, Peter Ryan said: ‘We will be focusing our efforts in the next few months on ensuring we understand how to scale the FTTC network rollout across the country and also working with our retail customers to trial the product in preparation for its launch next year.’