Communications Minister, Senator Stephen Conroy, has fleshed out the arrangements affecting the National Broadband Network (NBN) rollout to greenfield estates.
The move was made to give building developers and other stakeholders greater certainty, according to the Minister.
Last December, the Federal Government detailed its plans for NBN fibre deployments in new development sites. It would guarantee from January 2011, new housing developments will incorporate NBN fibre components during construction.
NBN Co was to be the last resort fibre provider for developments with 100 or more premises while Telstra would serve developments with less than 100 premises until the NBN rolls fibre to those areas.
Telstra would supply copper for interim services but can now choose to deploy fibre or a temporary high-quality wireless service under the new arrangements.
Developers of greenfield sites are still responsible for installing pits and pipes but will need to transfer the ownership of the infrastructure to NBN Co.
Commercial ownership of pits and pipes will have to be transferred to Telstra for developments with less than 100 premises where developers have an agreement for the company to provide telco infrastructure.
The refined arrangements were put into effect today.
NBN Co has encountered trouble with greenfield fibre rollouts. The company was accused of exploiting greenfield fibre operators when it scrapped a panel approach and went with a single supplier model. Fujitsu was appointed to help manage fibre deployment in new estates.