nbnTM names six shops to re-build Telstra's HFC network

And TITSUP Telstra gets to manage them all

nbnTM, the entity building and operating Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN), has named the six companies it has chosen to turn the hybrid fibre coax (HFC) network it acquired from Telstra into a white-hot broadband delivery beast.

Lend Lease, Broadspectrum, Fulton Hogan, Downer, ISGM and BSA are the six firms to have pressed pen to paper with nbnTM .

As nbnTM points out, the HFC Delivery Agreement it signed with Telstra in April 2016 means that the company, Australia's dominant carrier , has the task of managing the six as they do whatever it takes to turn the HFC network into broadband gold.

But the Big T will have its hand held: nbnTM 's chief network engineering officer Peter Ryan says “ Telstra’s management of the MIMA Delivery Partners will be undertaken in close consultation with nbn.”

As it ought: Telstra's recent record of ongoing TITSUPs and outages on its wireless and networks hardly inspires confidence in its skills.

As ever, nbnTM 's canned statement assures Australia that all is well and the company will absolutely, positively, hit its targets by 2020.

The company is also pointing out that just because a premise sits within the Telstra HFC footprint doesn't mean it will be serviced by fibre, maintaining the right to use a multi-technology mix where appropriate.

nbnTM has previously promised to use DOCSIS 3.1 in its HFC rollout, with that technology capable of delivering 100Mbps connections. The company has already delivered some such connections, but on the HFC network formerly owned by Australia's number two telco, Optus. ®


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