Inside NBN's $32.5m 'nerve centre': photos

Inside NBN's $32.5m 'nerve centre': photos

Summary: The National Broadband Network Company (NBN Co) has opened its Network Operations and Test Facility (NOTF), which it calls the "nerve centre" of the NBN. Take a walk with ZDNet Australia to see what the back end of Australia's biggest network will be like.

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    The NBN NOTF employs 425 people now, and is expected to pass 900 staff by next year, as the network continues to grow. This includes specialists to ensure smooth operation of the NBN Business Support Systems (BSS) and Operational Support Systems (OSS), which are housed in the NBN Co datacentres and directly linked to staff in the NSOC.

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    NBN Co's dedicated truck will pass 100 towns and cities per year, educating Australians of all stripes about the network and the benefits that it will bring them. The truck has expanding sides and a flexible multimedia system, and will set up for days at a time, hosting local business and community leaders and anyone else interested in learning about the project.

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    For many Australians, the truck will be the first tangible sign of a network that may still be years away. They'll get the chance to touch and feel the devices that will connect their homes with fibre, fixed wireless and satellite internet that will, even in their current form, provide better speeds in rural areas than many Australians get in the cities using ADSL2+.

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Topics: Broadband, NBN, Tech Industry

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