NBN bids could be in by November

NBN bids could be in by November

Summary: A potential deadline for national broadband network proposals has emerged, with acting Communications Minister Anthony Albanese today releasing a final document detailing the network information carriers have to disclose in order for bids to be submitted.

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A potential deadline for national broadband network proposals has emerged, with acting Communications Minister Anthony Albanese today releasing a final document detailing the network information carriers have to disclose in order for bids to be submitted.

Proponents needed to have the information, such as where fibre has already been deployed, to be able to complete informed bids for the government's $4.7 billion national broadband network.

Carriers will now have until 22 August 2008, or 10 working days from tomorrow, to cough up the information outlined in the document.

Once the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy has verified all the necessary information has been provided and has reached proponents, bidders will have 12 weeks to finalise their proposals.

If all went to plan, this would lead to proposals coming in around the end of November for perusal by the government's expert panel.

Telstra has already provided the department with some network information, which the department will share once carriers have appropriate security measures in place to protect the data. Although a spokesperson for the telco said the company believed it has handed over all the necessary information, the government has to finish reviewing it before it can confirm that.

Federal Communications Minister Stephen Conroy introduced legislation in Parliament in March to make it compulsory for telecommunications providers to supply the required information.

Failure to provide information as required could lead to the termination of a telco's licence. It could also result in a dollar penalty of up to $10 million.

The news came on the same day as Shadow Communications Minister Bruce Billson criticised the Rudd Government's silence on the network. Billson said the silence stemmed from trying not to draw attention from broken deadline promises.

He accused Conroy of dithering and criticised him for not being able to provide information to proponents so they could develop their proposals.

Topics: NBN, Broadband, Government AU, Networking

Suzanne Tindal

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  • Humongous compensation coming up here.

    Suzanne of particular interest in your story was the statement that the Government requests information as to where fibre has already been laid in Australia.

    What concern or interest could this be to companies who plan to tender for the NBN build. Surely the Government has no plan to confiscate the cable already laid for donation to the chosen NBN builder?
    anonymous
  • Hellstra moving at sub orbital light speed.

    Hmmm Bahhh Humbug... to Hellstra Again...

    I am glad we have some kick arse government.

    Shit - You couldn't compare Hellstra to a lame horse, or even a dead horse..

    Perhaps a dead horse with a mill stone around it's neck?

    Nooooooo Hellstra is so absolutely drag it's sorry arse, that it;s moving like a dead horse with a castle around it's neck....

    Yes when the management of Hellstra moves it really moves - beyond light speed...

    It was so fast, we were all blinded by the flash...

    Lose their license... Hmmmmm that'd be fun to see get pushed through.
    anonymous
  • It is said that

    a great story begins with just one word.

    You just proved it wrong.
    anonymous
  • "True Competition"

    Another droptus stooge whinging again..they have been a bit quiet as of late!! I wonder why??

    Probably been trying to get their phones re-connected LOL!!!

    What this country needs is true competition not the regulated stuff Optus loves to sponge off!!
    anonymous
  • sponge

    At least when they had no network and simply resold Telstra the only thing that would fail was Optus' billing system. I have an old bill for just over $300,000 for my home phone where it listed me constantly making over 40 phone calls at the same time. Never again will I trust this company.
    anonymous
  • Yes or perhaps

    They just don't have time to respond to stupidity
    anonymous
  • NBN bids by Nov?

    If Terria have their way I agree, bids will be in by November


    November 2009 or beyond.
    anonymous