Following news that the long-awaited Basslink network is set to run on June 30, the Tasmanian Government has committed a $12.7 million equity contribution from the state’s budget to Aurora Energy’s optic fibre system as part of the state’s National Broadband Network (NBN) initiative.
The venture will result in a statewide fibre-to-the-premise (FttP) network connecting about 200,000 properties including hospitals and schools. In a press statement, Tasmanian Premier, David Barlett, gave an overview of the state’s NBN ambitions and a run down of the costs involved.
Along with the Aurora investment, $1 million will be assigned to a legal and advisory support to aid the set-up of the NBN. Another $1 million will go towards the Electronic Centre (TECC), which the Premier attributed the success of the TasCOLT pilot fibre project to, over three years. The total investment will be $14.7 million.
Barlett also announced the formation of a Digital Futures Advisory Committee through collaboration between Government agencies, industry bodies and key stakeholders. The group will be charged with identifying development, employment and investment opportunities that surface over the next 12 months.
Aurora was unavailable for comment at time of publication.