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)

    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.

  • (Credit: David Braue/ZDNet Australia)

    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."

  • (Credit: David Braue/ZDNet Australia)

    Adding an element of fun to ongoing care can be a great way to improve patient participation in rehabilitative care, says Dr Stuart Smith, senior research scientist with Neuroscience Research Australia and a regular on the NBN launch circuit. "You might think video games and health don't go together well," he said. "But this is a game we can use to get people to become more physically active. And we know that physical activity is a really good way to address a number of different problems."

Topics: Broadband, NBN, Tech Industry


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