NBN interconnect locations revealed, addresses kept secret

NBN interconnect locations revealed, addresses kept secret

Summary: A list of suburbs where Australia's National Broadband Network will have a point of interconnect has been published, but the street addresses remain a secret.

TOPICS: NBN, Australia

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has published a list of the suburbs where the National Broadband Network's (NBN's) 121 points of interconnect (POI) are located, but for security reasons, the exact addresses have been kept secret.

A POI is where two networks meet and exchange information. For the NBN, this is where NBN Co passes on data carried over the national network to the internet service providers' networks. Where the points of interconnect are located determines how much backhaul a provider would have to supply in order to connect customers to the NBN. How much backhaul the supplier has to provide has a significant impact on the price of the service it can offer consumers.

After publishing a draft list in May 2011, and changing 10 locations in August 2012, the ACCC has today published (PDF) the "list in force" of POI locations, but the actual addresses of the POIs have been kept secret.

"Due to concerns about the security of infrastructure assets, the ACCC has decided that the actual street addresses of each POI will be kept confidential. The ACCC considers that the descriptors included in the public list of POIs are sufficient to enable stakeholders to determine the general location of POIs," the ACCC said.

The street address can be obtained directly from NBN Co, and it is widely assumed that many of the POI locations correlate to the locations of existing Telstra exchanges.

The ACCC indicated in August that it was considering keeping the POI locations secret on the advice of the Attorney-General's Department.

"That was advocated to us by NBN Co on the advice, as I understand it, of the Attorney-General's Department, citing security concerns," the ACCC's General Manager of Communications Michael Cosgrave said.

He said that this policy is similar to how the ACCC does not release the locations of Telstra's exchanges — although it was pointed out that many people know where the exchanges are, anyway.

New South Wales has the highest number of POIs, with 41 serving the state in total, followed by 30 in Victoria, 22 in Queensland, 14 in Western Australia, nine in South Australia, two each for the ACT and Tasmania, and one for the Northern Territory.

Topics: NBN, Australia


Armed with a degree in Computer Science and a Masters in Journalism, Josh keeps a close eye on the telecommunications industry, the National Broadband Network, and all the goings on in government IT.

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  • Here it comes...

    "Due to concerns about the security of infrastructure assets, the ACCC has decided that the actual street addresses of each POI will be kept confidential."

    I'm sure the mindless naysayers will now scream socialist secrecy plot ...LOL
    • Actually we scream

      "Security through obscurity".

      Rarely works but I'm sure NBNCo will be able to keep these sites secret;-)

      I love the advertising current blitz, advertising a product unavailable to most and uptake well below expectations seems a little strange. But my funding isn't provided by the taxpayer guaranteed borrowing.
      Richard Flude
      • And...

        Exactly as i prophesied again HC. Our friend is accommodating.

        Why should you receive taxpayer funds Richard...? Is that what all the bitterness and childish tantrums are about (enetr Veruca)

        So are you interested in supplying Australia a National comms network Richard?

        Oh no you count cars for profit and whinge about governments using income tax dollars (even though they aren't in the case of the NBN) ... to build infrastructure for it's citizens :/

        Yet to hear you whinge about those actual tax payer imposts like schools, hospitals and your master's favourite roads.

        But of course those areas aren't as politicised as the NBN and you can perhaps weasel a Turnbull rubber stamped monetary gift (whoops subsidy) sans the NBN.

        *rolls eyes*
        • "Exactly as i prophesied again HC. Our friend is accommodating"

          Indeed. You must admit much like Turnbull it is fun watching him flounder everyday... keeping those sites secret will be a tough job though, I do wonder if the coalition of clowns will be able to keep node locations a secret should they win and implement their substandard patchwork plan, they will be far more vulnerable and easier targets for not just the terrorist booger men but vandals as well. shhhh, don’t tell anyone, it's a secret! (bubububu FANS!!!).

          As for the "advertising current blitz" (lol) I wonder if "our friend" even realises that the campaign in question is not actually advertising any "products" as he claims. I certainly did not notice any plans for any ISP's in the clips so one has to wonder how anyone could mistake an awareness campaign for selling a product or service...
          Hubert Cumberdale
          • What is the

            definition of "Internet" trolling?
            Blank Look
          • FYI ...

            Refer to comment herein headed "Santaramsey reads the same as RS"...

            Got it now?
      • Wow

        Love my job, since I've been bringing in $5600… I sit at home, music playing while I work in front of my new iMac that I got now that I'm making it online(Click on menu Home)
        • Santaramsey reads the same as RS

          Advertising is now infrastructure;-)
          Richard Flude
          • Oh look...

            Yet again another baseless, non-sensical and completely hypocritical comment from Richard (if nothing else, he's consistent).

            One day, he may surprise us all by actually supplying substance...

            ... but I won't hold my breath

            Speaking of which, he made the headlines again...

          • Paul Budde nails it yet again. I love the way he destroys the arm chair bean counters in his article.
            Hubert Cumberdale
          • Yes...

            ...but HC don't you know, Budde can be discounted straight away because he's tech biased...next, NEXT

    • I would have thought they would support this given their angry and paranoid nature. There's terrorist booger men behind every corner waiting to disrupt ur internets... of course these days with the copper all they have to do is pray for a light shower.
      Hubert Cumberdale
  • I wonder why

    These site addresses are kept secret, afteral for all these years the Telstra exchange locations are very well known. It is simply impossible to keep those site locations secret. Every technician will know the locations, and they are good at keeping secrets.
    Blank Look