NBN truck halted by manufacturing fault

Summary:Recent heavy rains has taken NBN Co's showcase truck off the road before the final leg of its Tasmanian tour.

Recent heavy rains has taken NBN Co's showcase truck off the road before the final leg of its Tasmanian tour.

NBN truck

The truck that only rain could stop.
(Credit: NBN Co)

The national tour of the 23-tonne NBN Co truck began in Tasmania in November and it has so far visited 23 communities across the Apple Isle until this week. A further five have been scheduled before the end of February, but they had to be delayed because there was a manufacturing fault in the truck that led to water entering its interior.

NBN Co told ZDNet Australia that the truck was taken off the road as a security precaution and should be back up in February.

"The possibility — however remote — that this could affect the electronics on the truck means we have taken the decision to take the vehicle off the road for the time being," NBN Co said. "Our chief priority is the safety of the hundreds of visitors who pass through the truck each month and, of course, the NBN Co staff."

"NBN Co is working with the manufacturer to undertake necessary repairs, and subject to the successful completion of this work, plans to resume the Australian tour in Victoria in mid February."

The NBN Co truck aims to show off the benefits of the Federal Government's $35.9 billion National Broadband Network, with high-definition screens and videoconferencing equipment that show off case studies and detail the benefits in areas such as health, education and business.

In the meantime, the NBN Co demonstration team who normally accompany the truck will go out and meet with the locals in the five locations that had yet to be paid a visit by the NBN Co truck roadshow.

Topics: NBN, Broadband

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