Telco experts from Australia’s leading companies are set to join forces to devise the best way forward for the NBN roll-out under a coalition government.
The Communications Alliance has partnered with Communications Day to host ‘The NBN: Rebooted’, a national workshop designed to help industry government and stakeholders work cohesively to maximise the value and success of the NBN.
Communications minister Malcolm Turnbull has been invited to deliver the keynote address at the two day event, to be held in Sydney on November 18-19, but is yet to confirm his attendance.
The workshop comes as the new government looks to overhaul NBN Co and with it, Labor’s Fibre-to-the-Home plan.
The workshop will feature expert speakers from Australia and abroad and will examine overseas roll out experiences, commercial demand pricing constructs, mobility, access technology and financing and co-funding opportunities.
Communications alliance chief executive John Stanton said the initiative was a logical extension of the way the telecommunications industry had sought to nourish the potential of the NBN since its inception.
“In 2009 when the current NBN was announced, almost 200 industry experts from 70 different companies came together under the Communications Alliance and formed seven working groups, which between them wrote the original reference architecture for the network and grappled with a wealth of operational and technical issues on behalf of the then-fledgling NBN Co.
More than 600 pages of detailed literature was produced to ensure the network would operate not just as high-speed infrastructure, but rather as a platform for next generation telco services.
“The NBN is set to evolve further under the Abbott Government’s broadband policy and The NBN: Rebooted workshop will be a valuable opportunity for stakeholders to come together to reflect on what we have learned from the rollout to date, and the planning needed to ensure that we can generate collective success during the next chapters,” Stanton said.
Communications Alliance is the primary telecommunications industry body in Australia.