Both the Tasmanian government and shadowy bidder Acacia have come out with confirmations that they have submitted bids to the government's national broadband network.
"I can confirm that the Tasmanian Government has formally lodged a bid to build the National Broadband Network (NBN) in Tasmania," Premier David Bartlett said in a statement today.
Bartlett said Tasmania was the only state government which had lodged a bond to participate in the bidding process, adding that it was fully serious about its bid.
"I am determined to pull Tasmania from the bottom of the pile in Australia in terms of its use of broadband technologies, to the top," he said.
Acacia confirmed to the Australian today that it had submitted a bid for the national broadband network, for a network it would operate on a purely wholesale basis, bringing broadband to 100 per cent of the Australian population and not just the 98 per cent which the government had specified in its request for tenders.
Bid chairman Doug Campbell told the Australian that its vendor partners for the bid were Fujitsu, Nokia Siemens Networks and Juniper to roll out its fibre-to-the-home, fibre to the node, wireless and satellite elements.