Conroy visits Nextgen's backhaul hub: pics

Conroy visits Nextgen's backhaul hub: pics

Summary: Fibre-optic backbone specialist Nextgen Networks has installed over 8000km of its own fibre across Australia, but its current role as prime contractor for the government's 6000km Regional Backbone Blackspots Program (RBBP) has given it a high profile in the National Broadband Network (NBN) roll-out, especially now that the provider has reached its halfway point.

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    Nextgen's Regional Backbone Blackspots Program (RBBP) is being run from its fibre-optic broadband centre of excellence in Mulgrave, near Monash University in Melbourne's south-east. The facility employs more than 100 of what Peter McGrath, group managing director of Leighton's telecommunications division, called "high-value and technically specialised employees", managing everything from design, land access, planning, heritage issues, cultural issues, and more.

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    The RBBP network is on target to begin offering live ADSL2+ services to customers in Geraldton, WA; Victor Harbor, SA; and south-west Gippsland, Victoria by March 2011 while customers on longer sections reaching areas like Darwin; Broken Hill; South Australia's Riverland; Emerald and Longreach; and Victoria's Riverina are expected to be live by September 2011.

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    "We've already signed pre-committed RBBP sales contracts with some of Australia's largest ISPs [internet service providers]," McGrath said.

    "The ISPs are out there and jumping on board; they're keen to not only support this initiative, but they can see that it's structured commercially to make sense for them, and they're looking to move into a number of regional areas and offer services... We offer these services on an open access, wholesale-only basis and we set pricing that is extremely competitive in the market — and lower than any pricing that has been seen in these areas before."

Topics: Broadband, Government AU, NBN

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  • So according to your picture they are only laying 48 fibre cable and with the size comparison it is not even high strength.
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