Terria, Axia, TransACT submit NBN bids

Terria, Axia, TransACT submit NBN bids

Summary: Terria, TransACT and Axia Netmedia this afternoon confirmed they had submitted National Broadband Network bids shortly before the government's deadline of 12 midday.

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TOPICS: Broadband, Telcos, Optus, NBN
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update Broadband consortium Terria, Canberra telco TransACT and Canadian giant Axia Netmedia this afternoon confirmed they had submitted National Broadband Network bids shortly before the government's deadline of 12 midday.

"I can confirm that we have submitted an NBN bid. We are in the process of issuing a news release shortly," an Axia spokesperson told ZDNet.com.au shortly after midday.

Terria confirmed its bid via a statement issued to the Australian Securities Exchange. "Optus and the Terria consortium are delighted to rise to the challenge," said Optus chief executive Paul O'Sullivan.

Paul O'Sullivan, Optus CEO
(Credit: Optus)

No further details were available regarding the Axia bid. Optus appears to have created a separate company, dubbed 'Optus Network Investments' (ONI) to lodge the bid.

"The Terria board resolved that Optus (ONI) would lodge the NVN bid since that is in the best interests of Terria and the achievement of the Terria principles developed by all members over the past 12 months," said Terria chairman Michael Egan.

Terria has not made its bid publicly available, but said it would be structured according to four principles; structural separation of the operator of the network from retail providers, open access to all, cost-based pricing plus a reasonable rate of return, and a strong oversight role by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

Canberra-based telco TransACT submitted a bid that proposes to provide fast broadband services to more than 98 per cent of homes and businesses in the territory at speeds of up to 100Mbps.

"If successful, TransACT would start rolling out a fibre-rich network immediately with an estimated completion time of less than five years," the telco said in a statement issued shortly after the NBN bid deadline closed at midday. TransACT has a substantial amount of existing fibre and other broadband assets in the state.

The statement added that TransACT's bid would deliver assurance that the ACT would be a priority in the NBN roll-out, and would additionally deliver "affordable entry-level prices" due to TransACT's unique business model.

Telstra has submitted what appeared to be a non-compliant NBN bid, while others such as Acacia and the Tasmanian state government are yet to confirm they have submitted bids.

Topics: Broadband, Telcos, Optus, NBN

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  • well

    i must admit i haven't gone over the nbn bids with a fine toothed comb just yet, but on the surface, it appears as though telstra have out thought the government and their rivals.

    firstly, i have said for ages terria isn't serious and although it also seems to have largely been ignored or overlooked, terria per se don't appear to have bid. a bid went in by optus who put in two expression of interest earlier. one expression alone and another with terria. seems the optus bid and not the terria bid has been submitted, with the rest of terria tagging along. in hindsight it would make sense as some wondered early on why the two expressions of interest from optus.

    but telstra, very shneaky, they are saying, ok you build the nbn in the remote outback and we will, if we wish, access as a wholesaler, your lovely new nbn in these areas.

    in the meantime we will *keep* rolling out our own networks in the more populated areas. and, by the way, it will be our network, which like adsl2, we will decide who, if when our competitors can access.

    perhaps the only possible counter is a fully government built network or the remaining bidders all teaming up?

    but legally, that may need a whole new bidding process.

    maybe in just doing a skim over, i have misread the sitation, so please correct me if im wrong.
    anonymous
  • Bad times approach.

    As usual Ned your reading of the situation could be spot on.

    Personally I would prefer Telstra to build their own NBN, forgo the Government handout and compete fiercely with the Government choice for the the network build.

    This would waste 4.7 billion of taxpayer money as the Telstra opponents would see their roll-out an absolute disaster and then a business disaster as they failed to compete with Telstra.

    I see no mention in the SingTel/Terria/Optus etc bid that they will need to confiscate Telstra plant and equipment and also Telstra customers to be successful but I guess that is a mere detail when you fantasize and dream.
    anonymous
  • for once syd... i agree!

    I know! shock and horror!
    I think it would be awesome if telstra just pulled out this whole NBN thing, let acacia or axia get it! then they'll build it, and then when telstra overbuilds it, telstra will have to offer decent plans, unlike if they get their way now with the 29.95 for 1mb and 200mb DL...

    The only way telstra will ever offer something decent is when they play bankrupt the competition to get back their monopoly
    anonymous
  • strange agreement, but what about terria. who?

    acacia or axis? what about terria? last week you were saying terria, where are they now, gone. maybe we should just get opel to build it. hahahaha
    anonymous
  • lol, not exactly

    my posistion has always been that telstra is evil and greedy, hence terria would be a better builder, just for moral reasons alone, I've always wanted the canadians to get it (though i think i may wrongly be calling them acacia,) but given the choice between terria and telstra, I'd take a sham that does no harm to the devil itself...
    anonymous
  • Why would they build it to fail?

    Sydney you are full of it as are your buddy-buddies. The fact that these conglomerates from OS can pitch in & succeed seems such a cheerful tale to you all & then the mighty Australian will step in, take over & save us all. Great Australian indeed! I doubt the board has someone who holds Australian values at all. Run by Americans, for America with some pissant Australian wormhole making a token position if any at all.

    Why waste the breath on this huge island/continent? Why indeed? So they can fail? Has not Optus been here long enough to understand what this would cost? Then why do it if they would fail? What would be the point? Perhaps Sydney the point is they can. Perhaps Sydney they might & perhaps Sydney your America-loving company can go piss in the wind.
    anonymous
  • @why

    rex why dont you tell us about you and your involvemnet in this whole situation, since you seem totally fixated on every word sydney says?
    anonymous
  • @lol

    so youd prefer and support a *make believe nbn* to a real one.

    because terria were a make believe company.
    surely even you can now see this and realize what a dummy you were to be hoodwinked by these pretenders, who simply preyed on ones unhealthy bias!

    just shows how hatred can make seemingly rational people, stupidly irrational.
    anonymous
  • lol @ anon

    I'll take a make believe anything to an NBN that i cant afford and gives tesltra another 50 years of strong arming competition into nothingness... competition is finally just getting around telstras tactics, I'll take what australia has now over a telstra nbn!

    and to the leechers argument, I'm going to quote the airport/airline argument in advance, so shush
    anonymous
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