NBN rollout contracts now based on performance

Matt Blowes June 11, 2015 Technology

In an attempt to jump-start the National Broadband Network rollout, new contracts awarded by NBN are now performance-based.

Five of the new contracts have been signed by Downer, Transfield, Visionstream, Fulton Hogan and WBHO to add four million new premises the network by 2020.

Fibre-to-the-Node (FttN), Fibre-to-the-Basement (FttB) and Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) make up the technologies included in the new contracts.

Satellite and pre-existing Hybrid Fibre-Coaxial (HFC) networks make up the other major NBN technologies.

NBN says the contracts focus on three key areas - safety, quality and volume.

Contractors cannot proceed to new geographical areas before they have completed areas they have already started.

The current Coalition multi-technology NBN policy replaced the FttP and satellite-based NBN policy by Labor. It too was criticised for slow progress, leading the Coalition to shift the rollout to other technologies.

The new performance-based contract model follows a re-branding of the government-run company managing the overall rollout itself, going from NBN Co to nbn™. 

No new details for rollout dates for specific locations were released.

You can find out if your area is receiving the NBN soon, here.

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