NBNCo has selected telecommuncations vendor, Alcatel-Lucent, as the initial strategic supplier for the Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) and Ethernet aggregation equipment for the National Broadband Network (NBN).
GPON equipment and Ethernet aggregation equipment are used to operate and manage the optic fibre network.
“Entering into this key contract enables NBNCo to deliver a world-class, fibre-based, high-speed network for Australia, starting with our first release sites,” NBNCo head of cooperate services, Kevin Brown, said in a statement. “We plan to spend up to $1.5 billion on this highly specialised network equipment during the lifetime of this project.”
According to the statement, once NBNCo achieves full rollout scale, it will seek out other GPON gear providers that will interoperate with Alcatel-Lucent’s GPON equipment.
A Tasmanian NBN rollout is already underway and construction for mainland sites is happening next month.
Earlier in the week, the Federal Government signed an $11 billion deal with Telstra (ASX: TLS) to use its infrastructure and customer base to help establish the NBN.
Tim Marshall, former press secretary for Communications Minister, Senator Stephen Conroy, moved to Alcatel-Lucent earlier this year.