Nokia Siemens Networks has been selected by NBN Co, the company set-up by the Australian government to build and operate the country’s new, nationwide, high-speed National Broadband Network, to provide its optical transmission network.
Nokia Siemens Networks will deploy its optical network (DWDM) technology to allow NBN to provide nationwide, super-fast broadband, providing massive bandwidth to carry huge amounts of information around cities, and across countries and continents.
Australia’s NBN network is planning to provide broadband speeds of 100 megabits per second (Mbps) initially and 1 gigabits per second (Gbps) in the future to nearly 93% of Australian homes, schools and workplaces.
NBN head of Corporate Services Kevin Brown said Nokia Siemens Networks’ proven track record in Australia, utilising local expertise combined with global capability, is a sound starting point in the future of NBN’s partnership.
Under the scope of the frame agreement with a potential value of up to A$400m over ten years, Nokia Siemens Networks will supply its DWDM equipment and management systems, in addition to related services including design, logistics, installation, commissioning, and local pre-deployment system testing.
The network building stage of the project will span for ten years with the bulk of the optical transmission network being rolled out in the first three years.