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NBN Construction to begin this month

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NBN Co has announced the names of the contractors that will build and deploy the network for the five sites dubbed the “first release sites” on the mainland, with construction to begin at the end of this month, according to its head of construction Patrick Flannigan. Silcar will be constructing the network in Armidale, NSW, while South Australian electricity distribution network operator will be responsible for constructing the network in […]

Nineteen new locations announced for NBN rollout

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NBN Co has announced the additional nineteen locations for its planned rollout of the National Broadband Network, bringing the total number of locations to 24. Fourteen of these locations are brand new locations, while five are adjacent to the already announced locations. Bacchus Marsh (VIC), South Morang (VIC), Inner North Brisbane (QLD), Springfield Lakes (QLD), Toowomba (QLD), Riverstone in Western Sydney (NSW), Coffs Harbour (NSW), Modbury (SA), Prospect (SA), Victoria […]

Melbourne selected as NBN Co’s Operation Centre

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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.

NBN/Govt. strikes landmark deal with Telstra

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The Federal Government and Telstra have announced that both parties have come to an $11 billion deal that would see NBN able to access Telstra’s infrastructure and Telstra moving its clients to the new fibre optic network after its roll out. The Government will pay $9 billion in order to access Telstra’s infrastructure – including pits, ducts and wires. It is also a win-win situation for NBN as it will […]

The Year in Review 2009 – Australia in Perspective

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The year 2009 has been an interesting year for Australians. Not only we remember the political scandals like Utegate and the Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O’s controversial lie detector stunt on radio; but we also remember how Australians got together and showed solidarity amongst one another via charity work after the Bushfires caused havoc to many Australians living in the countryside in Victoria. TECHGEEK.com.au now takes a look back at […]

NBN board revealed by Conroy

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Communications Minister Senator Stephen Conroy has announced the board members that will lead the government-built $43 billion national broadband network, with the new members having skills in finance, technology, legal and business. The new board, to join the co-chairman Mike Quigley, who was also announced to be the chief executive of the new government-controlled company, will comprise of five members: former Freehills law firm CEO Peter Hay, former Telstra chief […]

States battle to be NBN home base

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Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales are in a three-way battle to become the home of the newly announced National Broadband Network Corporation, who will manage the new National Broadband Network that the Rudd Government announced last week. Securing the network’s base, according to the Australian, would generate thousands of high-skilled, high-paying jobs that would be vital to the states’ economy during the recession – and giving a boost in […]

The winner of the NBN is… no one?

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The Federal Government has announced that the winner of the National Broadband Network tender is, well, no one, as the Government plans to look for “partners” to help build the new $43 billion fibre to the home network as it has announced that it will manage the construction of the project. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has said that none of the submitted proposals, including one by Optus, failed to meet […]

NBN winner to be announced next week – AAP

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The federal Government is expected to make an an announcement on who won the tender to build the proposed national high-speed broadband network next week, according to the Australian Associated Press. The Minister for Communications and the Digital Economy has said that he was waiting for the Prime Minister to return before making his announcement. “I’ve said over the last couple of weeks, we’re just waiting for Kevin to get […]

Chinese espionage fears on NBN bid

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Optus’ bid for the National Broadband Network bid has left security agencies closely examining the bid, after it is believed that it will involve Chinese telecommunications equipment maker Huawei Technologies to build the $15 billion project. While Optus has confirmed that it has been working with them in tests, it is still unknown if they will help in the final bid. Huawei’s work has been a magnet for concerns of […]

Telstra loses $12 billion after NBN bid failure

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Telstra has lost more than $12 billion of its market value after the news of its National Broadband Network bid was rejected by the Government on Monday. According to The Australian, Telstra lost $9 billion on Monday, and lost an additional $3 billion when its shares fell 24 cents in early trading today. Afternoon trading didn’t help Telstra, as its shares lost 13c to close at $3.52, with the ASX200 […]

Telstra NBN bid rejected, lawsuit “100 percent” likely to happen

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The Federal Government has rejected Telstra’s bid from the process to win the bid to build a $10 billion-plus national broadband network, saying that it did not include a plan on how to “involve small and medium enterprises” when building the network, according to Telstra. What’s even more (not) surprising, is that a spokesperson for the Communications Minister, Senator Stephen Conroy, has said that Telstra cannot resubmit its bid. “The […]

Telstra drops threat, makes last-minute “bid” for NBN

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Telstra’s board have agreed in an emergency meeting to make a last minute “bid” for the National Broadband Network, just hours before the noon deadline today where all applications were closed. This comes after months after saying that it would walk away if its demands were not met for the $4.7 billion in taxpayer’s money project – including ditching the rule that would see the network being separated from the […]

Broadband contract deadline extended

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Complaints from the internet service provider industry over the short time frame of the new Australian national broadband network tender have now seen an extension to the deadline today. The announcement has said that "parties participating in the National Broadband Network process will have 12 weeks to consider network information from the date all material is made available." "Telstra has provided some network information however despite its best efforts some […]

SingTel might go alone on national broadband bid

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Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) is reported to be considering making its own bid to the Federal Government’s proposed  $4.7 billion national boradband contract, putting it in competition with the Optus-led G9 Group. CEO for SingTel Chua Sock Koong said yesterday that the board would consider launching a separate bid under the right conditions. The federal budget saw the contract being moved to the Building Australia Fund, where it is controlled by […]