Tasmania releases NBN fibre tender

Tasmania releases NBN fibre tender

Summary: The Tasmanian State Government, through its utility Aurora, has released a request for tender document for the fibre component of Tasmania's National Broadband Network roll-out.

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update The Tasmanian State Government, through its utility Aurora, has released a request for tender document for the fibre component of Tasmania's National Broadband Network roll-out.

The tender is only for the optic fibre component of the build, which is planned to reach 200,000 households or 90 per cent of Tasmania's population as part of the fibre to the premises roll-out.

In a joint press statement by the Australian and Tasmanian governments this afternoon, Communications Minister Stephen Conroy and Tasmania Premier David Bartlett claimed that stage one of the NBN roll-out in Tasmania had begun.

Neither stated when construction was expected to occur, but said that wholesale-only, open access broadband network services would commence in the second quarter of 2010.

A new company, TNBN Co, a Tasmanian-only subsidiary of the NBNCo (which is partly owned by Aurora Energy), will undertake the construction work. The governments said that a Memorandum of Understanding between the parties had been signed.

"Today's announcement follows a huge amount of preparation including design and planning undertaken by Aurora Energy to enable procurement to start in advance of construction," said Bartlett.

"In partnership with the Tasmanian Government and Aurora Energy, we are working to deliver super-fast broadband services to address the lack of parity in available services compared to mainland Australia," said Conroy. The news came as the Basslink cable was officially declared open today, paving the way for competition on backhaul capacity to the mainland.

However the request for tender issued today appears to be Aurora Energy's standard request for optical fibre cable for repairs to existing networks, with scant detail about what it requires for new construction under the NBN.

The utility is seeking to establish a three year contract with the option, at its discretion, to extend it for a further two one year periods. Aurora may select one supplier or set up a non-exclusive panel for which it has not set any parameters in terms of the number of suppliers.

For the NBN project itself, denoted under "project items", "Aurora Energy may have the need for a single one-off purchase of a significant quantity of cable for an upcoming project," the RFT states.

Bidders have until 2pm on Friday 14 August to respond.

Topics: Broadband, Government AU, NBN

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  • 200,000 households or 90 per cent of Tasmania's population

    "200,000 households or 90 per cent of Tasmania's population". Maybe that is 90% of hobarts population?
    anonymous
  • 200,000 households or 90 per cent of Tasmania's population

    "200,000 households or 90 per cent of Tasmania's population". Maybe that is 90% of hobarts population?
    anonymous
  • ACME NBN or A Sad Charade now beyond humiliation

    As was pointed out by Stuart Corner the tender is for fibre, just fibre, only fibre! To be delivered to a warehouse !! Or perhaps to site. Over the course of 3 to 5 years.
    This is just for the Tasmanian rollout.

    It is of almost zero value in progressing a complex and enourmous project.

    This is now beyond all doubt a pretence.
    In fact it is a farce.

    Not one party has signed onto the NBNco.
    Not one dollar outside of govt has been committed by any party.

    The fact is the NBN hinges on Telstra.

    Absolutely nothing but nothing of meaning will happen without that piece of the puzzle put in place first.

    And Telstra is not going to willingly grab its ankles. If Conroy and Rudd could not get Telstra to roll over on the Links that the Govt now intends to duplicate, then in all likelyhood they never will.

    Conroy and Rudd, Megalomaniac fools.

    Progressing the NBN and their reputations forward over a cliff exactly like the roadrunner just before he plummets to earth . . . . with a boulder following above about to drive him even further into the ground.

    I am genuinely concerned for what this means for the state of our society.

    Regardless of the well meaning but way misdirected intent. We have a fraudulent govt.
    anonymous
  • Re ACME NBN

    I trust your observations on the NBN arn't as confused as you roadrunner/coyote comparison...it's the latter who cops the boulder, lol.
    anonymous
  • @re acme

    lol, grumpy grumpy, pretty much sums this complete moron up doesn't it.

    maybe reality check needs a boulder dropped on his head to snap him out of his chronic telstraitis masterbateris!
    anonymous
  • He's Got RSI, on his way to go blind eventually heading for Death by Bandwidth.

    Is that you again" Death by Bandwidth"

    Good to see you take a break from your usual activities.

    Wow, your such an expert at your favorite pass time that you think you know its term in Latin.

    By the way you don't need to wait for the NBN to big bandwidth. I can arrange for you to get fibre straight away, considering how desperate you are and " need it " ;-)
    anonymous
  • Oops

    Thanks Grump Grumpy, I type slower than I think.

    I stand corrected.
    anonymous
  • Too late

    Nope, pretty clear this one has already had a boulder dropped on his noggin
    anonymous
  • re ACME NBN or A Sad Charade now beyond humiliation

    I think you should stick to watching and reading cartoons. Could be more up your alley.
    anonymous
  • re He's got RSI.................................

    Is that you again Jason.
    anonymous
  • Owned YLB

    Hahahahaha. No it wasn't.

    But again it simply proves that I own you, little biatch!

    Just remember that as you are compelled to use my name in every comment!

    Don't forget to bow first though, moron!
    anonymous