Local facilities in NBN Co contract win
All together, “Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! Oi! Oi! Oi!”
One Australian firm, and two internationals with local manufacturing facilities, will share a potential $1.2 billion in NBN Co contracts announced yesterday.
The company rolling out out the government-backed fibre-to-most-premises network has anointed Corning and Prysmian to supply optical fibre cables, with local company Warren & Brown Technologies to provide optical distribution frames and subracks.
Corning wins an initial order for $400 million, and Prysmian’s first order is valued at $150 million. Warren & Brown is to supply up to $110 million worth of its hardware over five years.
NBN Co CEO Mike Quigley says these contracts – and the potential follow-on orders – could create 400 jobs across the three companies. Both Corning and Prysmian have committed to expanding their Australian manufacturing facilities to meet the contracts.
As well as being inevitably welcomed by the Federal Government – via Innovation Minister, Senator Kim Carr – the local manufacturing and job-creation aspects of the contracts inspired a jingoistic frenzy in Australian media.
Interestingly, while Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has been at pains to stress the arms’-length nature of the NBN from government (in particular, its relationship with the budget and government debt), Senator Carr was just as keen for the government to take credit for the NBN Co purchases.
He described the announcements as providing an example of “where government procurement can play a critical role in our innovation strategies.”
Going back to BBSes
You don't have the government or google tracking everything you do.
Near my old house Telstra has underground cables in pipes with service hatches. Easy to service and I remember them upgrading to fibre with out destroying anything.
At my new house the footpaths have been dug up and re-layed twice to upgrade the electricity. No-one thought it might handy to lay serviceable pipes.
What I hear from the NBN construction is that they are digging up peoples driveways and frontyards and leaving a mess. It will be a eyesore for decades whereever the NBN goes in. If ever someone digs through the cable they will have to dig up half the street to fix it.
“Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! Oi! Oi! Oi!”
Thus it begins
Here comes the NBN, which as an adjunct requires Telstra to remove all its old copper - thus FORCING everyone onto the NBN for all Internet access. And we all know that Conjob's damnable filter is built into the very foundations of this thing, so avoiding the censorship once it comes in will be that much more difficult. Which is exactly why they're forcing everyone onto it.