NBN Co has unveiled its mainland network operations and testing facility for the National Broadband Network (NBN) in Melbourne’s docklands.
The plan was announced in July last year and would create 900 jobs in the city by 2012.
The facility would mirror Tasmania’s network operations centre (NOC) to monitor and manage the mainland side of the NBN, manage ordering of services and allow ISPs to test their NBN products before a rollout.
Total cost of the Melbourne facility is $32.5 million and it sits atop a 4000sqm office space at the city’s Digital Harbour development building in Docklands.
Along with the launch of the network service operations centre (NSOC) and the national test facility (NTF), NBN Co has also unveiled a Discovery Centre, also located in Docklands, which showcases the benefits of the NBN to visitors along with a Demonstration Truck.
The latter is a 23-tonne mobile version of the NBN Co Discovery Centre with outdoor displays and a mock-up of NBN equipment that would be installed in a home.
It is set to roll into more than 100 towns and cities across Australia in the next 12 months with Tasmania as the starting point.
“The Discovery Centre at Docklands in Melbourne and the NBN Co Truck have been created in direct response to the large number of queries and interest about when, where and how the NBN will be rolled out,” Communications Minister, Senator Stephen Conroy, said in a statement.
“It simulates the home and small business environments in which the NBN will be connected and used.”
NBN Co expects more than 100,000 to visit the Discovery Centre and the NBN truck per year.