Australia - National Broadband Network - Infrastructure Plans and Contracts

Synopsis

Soon after its inception NBN Co started a pre-tender process that resulted in a list of approved suppliers. The project is divided into relatively large sub-projects. The approved suppliers are basically in charge of those subsections and they are responsible for their own subcontractors and other suppliers that need to be involved in these projects.

This level of outsourcing first of all was needed to overcome the start-up phase of NBN Co – it simply did not have the resources to become involved in more detail. The outsourcing was also needed to enable concentration on the management of the projects rather than on the detailed execution.

This report tracks the various contracts. We obviously do not claim to cover 100% of those contracts, and in some cases it is difficult to track possible changes made to these contracts once they have been awarded.

Furthermore, the report provides strategic peer reviews from overseas and we also discuss issues around technologies such as the Network Operation Centre, the Optical Network Terminal, Points-of-Interconnect and IPTV versus RF Video.

Companies included:

NBN Co, Warren & Brown Technologies, Corning, Alcatel-Lucent, Prysmian, ETSA Utilities, Ergon Energy, Silcar, Transfield Services, Telstra, Nokia Siemens, Global Switch, Polaris Data Centre, IBM, VisionStream Australia, Madison Technologies, Optimal, OFS, 3M, TE Connectivity, Emerson Network Power, Service Stream, Syntheo, Lend Lease Group, Cisco, Verizon, Geomatic Technologies, Via Sat, Prysmian, Ericsson, Nokia Siemens, AccessTel Kentrox, Oracle, Perkins (WA) Pty Ltd, Cockram Corp

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. The network plan
    • 2.1 Overall design and architecture
    • 2.2 User access to the network
    • 2.3 The backhaul network
    • 2.4 ACCC location of 121 POIs
    • 2.5 Points-of-interconnect (POI) architecture
    • 2.6 Paid for Network Extension
  • 3. NBN spurs record telecom capital spend
  • 4. External analysis of the Australian Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH) architecture
  • 5. NBN Co buys TransACT
  • 6. NBN Co contracts
    • 6.1 Satellite operation outsourced to Ericsson
    • 6.2 Introduction
    • 6.3 Universal Communications Group Multi Dwelling Units contract
    • 6.4 Daly International deploys MDU broadband
    • 6.5 Skybridge
    • 6.6 Defect-management solution from Geomatic Technologies
    • 6.7 Transit Network
    • 6.8 End-user equipment
    • 6.9 Network facilities Centres
    • 6.10 Via Sat to supply satellite ground equipment
    • 6.11 Contracts with Transfield and Service Stream
    • 6.12 Geraldton new fibre rollout contract with WBHO
    • 6.13 Construction agreements for SA and NT
    • 6.14 Constructions agreements for NSW and Victoria
    • 6.15 Melbourne, Brisbane and regional NSW constructions
    • 6.16 Second contract for South Australia
    • 6.17 Fibre-optic contracts
      • 6.17.1 Fibre manufacturing plant in Sydney
    • 6.18 Ericsson to build fixed wireless network
      • 6.18.1 Visionstream to construct the network
    • 6.19 Network Operations Centre for NBN
    • 6.20 Contractors for first-build sites
    • 6.21 Nokia Siemens Networks selected for DWDM
    • 6.22 Data Centres
    • 6.23 IBM selected as systems integrator
    • 6.24 Site Management
    • 6.25 Internal IT systems
    • 6.26 Network maintenance, installation and activation contract
    • 6.27 NBN satellite ground station contracts
  • 7. Mobile backhaul
  • 8. HFC equipment
  • 9. Telstra upgrades pit and pipe infrastructure
  • 10. Infrastructure Sharing and Coordination
    • 10.1 NBN Infrastructure Co-Development Program
    • 10.2 Smart grids and the NBN
    • 10.3 Is it smart to over build the NBN?
  • 11. Other Technology Issues
    • 11.1 IPv6 transition
    • 11.2 IPTV versus IPTV+RF
      • 11.2.1 Introduction
      • 11.2.2 Multicast facilities access products
      • 11.2.3 RF video over FttH
      • 11.2.4 The NBN could fix your TV problems
      • 11.2.5 IP multicasting
      • 11.2.6 Set-top boxes (STBs)
      • 11.2.7 Bright future for SmartTV
      • 11.2.8 Social TV - peer-to-peer content distribution
      • 11.2.9 iiNet to multicast IPTV over the NBN
    • 11.3 Battery Backup
  • 12. FttH Greenfield Market (separate Report)
  • 13. Related reports
  • Table 1 - List of points of interconnection to the National Broadband Network - November 2012
  • Exhibit 1 - IT Platform and capabilities
  • Exhibit 2 - Demo centre and demo truck

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