Nokia Siemens Networks has won a significant contract with NBN Co to provide optical transmission equipment.
The initial purchase order will be worth $10 million and include the acquisition of test laboratory equipment and systems to support early release sites.
That initial order pales in comparison to the potential total value of the contract - $400 million over 10 years.
In a release, NBN Co head of corporate services, Kevin Brown, said: “Nokia Siemens Networks is a high-quality global and local supplier of equipment and services and employs over 600 people in Australia, with offices in Sydney and Melbourne. Its proven track record in Australia, utilising local expertise combined with global capability, is a sound starting point in the future of our partnership.”
According to the release, transmission systems are typically designed in rings to provide two paths to every site which gives protection in the event that the fibre is cut or damaged on one path.
Numerous metropolitan and regional rings are required to carry traffic from a few tens to thousands of kilometres.
Several long-distance rings spanning thousands of kilometres will be required to link remote locations to POIs in WA and the Northern Territory, for example.