Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Australia's NBNCo Picks NSN for Optical Gear

Australia's NBN Co. has selected Nokia Siemens Networks to supply optical data transmission infrastructure for the country's National Broadband Network. The initial purchase order with Nokia Siemens Networks will be for $10 million and include the acquisition of test laboratory equipment and systems to support early release sites. The potential value of the contract is up to AU$400 million over ten years.

Under the scope of the frame agreement, Nokia Siemens Networks will supply its DWDM equipment and management systems. The company will also provide related services including design, logistics, installation, commissioning, local pre-deployment system testing and care.

NBN Co's transmission network requires connectivity at 10, 40 and 100 Gbps. The network building stage of the project will span for ten years with the bulk of the optical transmission network being rolled out in the first three years.

"NBN Co wants to build a super-fast broadband network to cater to the current and future network traffic demands," said Kalevi Kostiainen, head of Australia and New Zealand, Nokia Siemens Networks. "We are committed to providing the best combination of a world-class optical transmission with local expertise that will provide advanced digital services to the entire nation."

  • In August 2010, political consensus was reached following the Australian elections to proceed with the $43 billion National Broadband Network. The agreement between political factions placed an emphasis on rural deployment ahead of urban areas.

  • In June 2010, NBN Co., the consortium established to design, build and operate Australia's forthcoming wholesale-only National Broadband Network (NBN), reached an agreement with Telstra that would provide access to Telstra facilities and the progressive migration of Telstra traffic onto the National Broadband Network, subject to regulatory approval.

  • NBN Co was established in April 2009 to design, build and operate a wholesale-only national high-speed broadband network for all Australians. In the fibre footprint, the network will deliver broadband speeds of up to 100 Mbps, subject to the retail plan chosen.

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