analysis Regardless of whether Telstra, Terria or anybody else wins the $4.7 billion national broadband network contract, network hardware suppliers are going to cash in to the tune of billions. We take you through the list of the most likely suspects to win the work.
put out requests for "construction and
telecommunication vendors with experience in equipment supply,
civil construction, project management, installation or
maintenance" for the national broadband network (NBN).
ZDNet.com.au called around to find out who responded.
|Company ||Interested in Terria work?|
|Alcatel-Lucent ||No Comment|
|Ericsson ||No comment|
|Fujitsu ||No comment on anything to do with NBN|
|Huawei ||Yes, interested|
"Obviously interested in talking to anyone involved"|
|RAD Australia ||Spokesperson unavailable|
|Tellabs ||Couldn't confirm or deny. The spokesperson said, however, that the nature of the company meant it was into "everything involved in the NBN".|
Terria chairman, Michael Egan, did not respond to requests for
Ovum analyst David Kennedy said that most of the money going out to suppliers,
around 80 per cent, would be on the access portion of the network, for which he
considered the strongest competitors to be Alcatel-Lucent, Chinese vendor Huawei
He said of those, Huawei was the disruptor due to its
introduction of lower pricing into the market.
The rest of the money would go to those companies building
the aggregation networks and completing construction work.
Guy Cranswick, IBRS analyst, said alliances with such operators
would be decided on the strength of their relationship with the
incumbent, Telstra. "The partner(s) will have to work with the incumbent and in
a sense a default decision-making process is likely to ensure that
the status quo is not disturbed too greatly," he said.
This would seem to point to Alcatel-Lucent or Ericsson, which have fostered a strong relationship with Telstra over the years.
In fact, Alcatel-Lucent was chosen for Telstra's
ditched 2005 NBN plan. Neither
Telstra nor Alcatel-Lucent would comment on current industry speculation that the
network specialist had already been chosen to facilitate Telstra's
roll-out for the government's NBN and that the agreement precluded
it from signing on with other bids.
played a role in Telstra's Next G roll out. The network
vendor was also unwilling to comment on its possible involvement in
the Telstra bid.
Suppliers will also have been approached by Acacia. However, the
group has been keeping its cards close to its chest.