The NBN Co is rolling out the first phase of its $5.3 billion fibre-to-the-node network to its first major customer in Sydney, and is making significant progress in the process.
Key points:The NBN Co’s Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) rollout is now in the hands of the first customers in SydneyThe company is planning to expand its footprint into new suburbsThe rollout is rolling off the front-end servers of the company’s main node in Melbourne.
The company’s fibre-optic cable is being installed on the front of the main node, and a new fibre network will be rolled out over the next two months.
The roll-out is the first of a much larger rollout, with the company hoping to expand to more suburbs and townships, as well as further out to the coast and beyond.
The project, dubbed Fibre Next, is being managed by the company under a new CEO, Richard Murnane.
Its a big project and I think the big thing that we’re doing with this is making sure we’re in the right place at the right time, he told reporters at the launch of the rollout.
“We’re trying to get the right signal, and so that we can deliver the best possible service, at the highest quality and we’re getting it to the people in the most efficient way.”
Mr Murnanes vision for the rollout includes rolling out a network of 1,600 kilometres of cable from the main nodes to a network running through a series of suburbs.
The rollout, which will be completed in a year, is already seeing high speeds of 1Gbps and more than 100 megabits per second.
Mr Mullanes stated that the rollout would be faster than that of existing network, and that the company would use fibre to deliver all the data that it needs to provide internet to all the homes and businesses.
He said the rollout will also include the first roll-outs of the new NBN Co-owned fibre-coaxial (FCoA) network.
“It’s going to be a fibre to the node network.
The FCoA network is the best network we’ve ever built.
We’re building a new network to connect our existing network and the FCoAs FCoAS [Fibre to All Australian] network,” Mr Murnan said.”
The FCoAtas network will provide us with an additional 4G service capability, which is great for the customer and it’s great for our customers.”
As the FCOAs FcoA network gets better and better, we’ll be able to use it for other fibre services.
“He said that there was already enough fibre in the network to serve more than 50 per cent of the country’s population, with an estimated capacity of 300 megabit-per-second.
Mr Kynan said that while the rollout was being made “as fast as we can”, there was a “lot of work” ahead.”
I don’t think that any of us can really put our finger on how much of that [fibre] is going to get through the final node and where that will go and how much is going back,” he said.
The FCOA network has been rolled out in the past, with a total of 1.2 million kilometres being built in Victoria and Western Australia.
Mr Ritchie said that NBN Co had been able to “make a big dent” in delivering faster speeds, and noted that the NBN Co was working with a variety of NBN Co customers to improve the speed of the network.
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