A month after its inception, the Communications Alliance’s National Broadband Network Works program (NBN Works) is running on schedule.
The industry body launched NBN Works to give the telecommunications sector an opportunity to develop ideas on how the government’s $43 million national broadband infrastructure should operate.
It covers seven key areas: The NBN reference model, wholesale services, early stage deployments, end-user premises, technical, operational and end-user migration.
Each category has its own project team headed up by various telco figures including Telstra’s Dino Georgiou for wholesale services and Optus’ David Thompson for end-user migration. There are currently 56 team members from 30 different organisations in total.
Outcomes of group meetings are recorded in a Communications Alliance Wiki, which can be accessed by registered members at http://commsalliance.com.au/Activities/national-broadband-network
While participation in the program is exclusive to industry figures, broad discussion papers will be released to the public once significant milestones are reached.
"These papers will represent agreed positions and principles or value options which need to be considered across stakeholder groups such as customers, suppliers, those developing new applications for the broadband environment, government and regulators, and will be made publicly available through our website," Communications Alliance NBN program manager, Margaret Fleming, said.
She has not ruled out collaboration with other industry bodies, including the AIIA and ACS, later down the track.
Three project teams – NBN reference model, wholesale services and early stage deployment – are on track and initial outcomes should be released at the third round of the organisation’s NBN Industry Connection Forum later this year.
Fleming said Communications Alliance will continue to liaise with the Government on these critical matters.
The industry body is also looking for more project participants and interested parties can register at new.
Meanwhile, the Government has upped its efforts to bring digital applications to the bush that will be supported by the NBN. As part of its $60 Digital Regions Initiative, the Department of Broadband is seeking expression of interest from potential funding recipients for digital enablement projects.