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)

    The racks of switching and storage equipment in NBN Co's $32.5 million NOTF "go way back" through the building, CEO Mike Quigley pointed out. Testing segments include the same equipment that the NBN is built on, allowing telecommunications providers test new services on a sandboxed NBN segment before they're rolled out to the general population.

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    A feature video wall, build into the new NBN Discovery Centre, aired one of many promotional videos that the company has created to promote the NBN's benefits to the greater population. One of them was Professor Sandra Harding, vice-chancellor and president of James Cook University, who sees the network as a great opportunity for giving regional areas the equivalence they deserve.

  • (Credit: David Braue/ZDNet Australia)

    NBN Co's family of premises-access devices has a high profile at the Discovery Centre, which is aimed at helping residents understand the real face of the NBN and what it can do for them. NBN Co has fielded over 1000 requests for Discovery Centre tours already, CEO Mike Quigley said.

Topics: Broadband, NBN, Tech Industry

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