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 opening of the centre represents a significant milestone for Communications Minister Stephen Conroy, who has fought a vociferous opposition and the sheer logistical effort associated with the NBN to bring the venture to fruition.

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    NBN Co CEO Mike Quigley was all smiles as he opened the new "nerve centre" for the NBN. "This test facility allows us to give our customers, the retail service providers, the opportunity to hook into our systems and services, and test their services with ours," he said. "This is a massive machine, and it will ensure that when they launch services on our network, they will do so seamlessly."

    He also told reporters that about 3000 people now have services on the NBN, including people on the interim satellite service and people at sites in Tasmania and five sites on the mainland.

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    Victoria's Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Technology Gordon Rich-Phillips welcomed the NBN Co facility's creation of over 400 new jobs to service NBN Co, and over $2 billion worth of NBN-related supply contracts for Victoria-based companies. He also addressed his recent complaints that NBN Co has set up a disproportionately low number of sites in Victoria: "We might have different views on the policy aspects of the NBN," he said, "but from this project, we simply want to get the best deal for Victoria."

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Topics: Broadband, NBN, Tech Industry

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