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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  • (Credit: David Braue/ZDNet Australia)

    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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    The requirement for NBN Co Network Termination Units (NTUs) to have a battery back-up remains a contentious issue for NBN Co, which has introduced the devices to ensure a continuous back-up telephone service in the event of a power outage. The federal opposition recently called on Labor to foot the estimated $140m bill to manage the service and replacement of millions of limited-lifespan batteries every year.

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    With a long video wall, bright strip lighting, good ventilation, security cameras and waist-high drinks tables, the touring NBN Co truck could be the perfect party venue — although there's no word as to whether it will in fact be hired out for birthdays and buck's nights.

Topics: Broadband, NBN, Tech Industry


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