Melbourne has been selected by NBN Co to be the home of the National Operations and Testing Facility, where the entire network will be monitored and managed, order fault repairs and service connections and allow telecommunication companies to test their services before their full-scale rollout.
As reported previously, Melbourne was in contention against Brisbane and Sydney.
“This facility will be the centrepiece of our network and the key interface with our customers, the retail service providers, who will be using our network to provide high-speed services to their business and residential customers across Australia,” CEO for NBN Co, Mike Quigley, said.
The building will be located right in the Docklands – to be more precise, the Digital Harbour development area – and will be built over the first four floors in the Innovation Building. The new building will have up to 425 people employed when it is fully operational.
Melbourne already houses an NBN Co office in the Melbourne CBD, employing 290 staff. That building houses the Engineering and Operations group. NBN Co also has offices in Canberra and Hobart, where the tenders are held by other companies, and a temporary office in North Sydney.
The new building is set to be completed and be operational early next year, before the connection of the first sites connected to the National Broadband Network.
As a Melburnian, GO MELBOURNE!