With the rollout of the NBN to commence in 2019, the next few months will be pivotal in the future of the service, with NBN Co saying that the first rollout of fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) service will commence by the end of 2020.
But the NBN Co has also indicated that it will roll out fibre-optic broadband by the first quarter of 2021.
The rollout of FTTN will require a lot of investment, which is why NBN Co is looking to the public for help in setting up a company to manage the rollout.
As part of the tender process, applicants will be asked to set up a business plan to be submitted to the Australian Government’s Broadband Advisory Committee (BAC).
The committee will be responsible for assessing NBN Co’s ability to deliver a fibre-based network to meet the Government’s NBN goals.
The NBN Co will need to work closely with the BAC, which will have to review the business plan and determine whether NBN Co can meet the NBN’s fibre-related costs.
The BAC will then recommend the Government allocate a fixed-price contract for the service to NBN Co, with the option of upgrading to FTTN at a later date.
The first fibre-fibre network is expected to be rolled out to about 100,000 premises by the middle of 2021, with fibre-coaxial (FCoA) networks expected to reach more premises in the first half of 2021 and FTTN networks by 2021.
The final rollout of fiber-fiber networks to the majority of premises will be planned for the third quarter of 2020, with FTTN fibre networks to be introduced in 2021.
While there will be a few hurdles to clear, NBN Co believes the rollout will be completed in the “best interest of the public” by the mid-2020s.
The company has said that it is still in discussions with the Government on the final date of the rollout and expects to have the final decision made by the second half of 2020 – just over a year after the completion of the first fibre fibre-line network.
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