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Every centimetre of the route is planned in great detail, ensuring that the network respects the many operating parameters within which it's operating.
The roll-out of the fibre throughout rural areas has been greeted warmly, according to Sharp. "Wherever we go, everyone's just applauding us," he says. "They really are keen."
In each town the RBBP fibre passes, Nextgen installs a BPOI (Broadband Point of Interconnect) cabinet near the local Telstra exchange that hosts ADSL2+-capable DSLAMs (DSL Access Modules) to allow ISPs to deliver broadband to local residents. NEC subsidiary Nextep is the first into each Nextgen-delivered BPOI, but the open-access, government-owned infrastructure will be equally available to any interested ISP.