Fibre-To-The-Curb NBN Is Coming To Sydney And Melbourne

The company overseeing the National Broadband Network (NBN) rollout has signed a number of deals for the implementation of fibre to around 525,000 premises in Sydney and Melbourne. Most of them will be served by fibre-to-the-curb (FTTC). Here are the details.

NBN Co has signed three Design and Construction Master Agreements (DCMA) for the build of approximately 525,000 premises, most of which will use FTTC. Some of those premises will be connected with fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP), fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) or fibre-to-the-basement (FTTB).

Downer EDI, Service Stream, and Fulton Hogan picked up the new contracts.

nbn Chief Network Engineering Officer Peter Ryan said: “The new agreements will support our world-leading FTTC technology. Importantly, we have the flexibility to deploy other technologies easily over time. The design and construction framework is intended to enable a faster rollout, by providing end-to-end accountability for the footprint.”

FTTC, also known as fibre-to-the-driveway, is seen as a compromise between FTTP and FTTN in terms of speed and cost. You can read more about it here.

In September, NBN Co announced it would be rolling out FTTC to 700,000 premises after writing off the Optus HFC assets that it bought for $800 million.

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