NBN countdown looms

Network owners, bidders must sign-off on privacy.

The countdown for bidders to get in proposals for the National Broadband Network (NBN) will restart within days, following the retrieval of crucial network data by telecommunications carriers.

A spokesperson for the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE) said the 12 week countdown will restart “within several days” following a government review to ensure the necessary network infrastructure data is available and distributed to bidders.

“Once the department has confirmed it has the required information [from the 13 carriers] there will be security considerations that require proponents to sign so the information can be made available to bidders,” the spokesperson said.

“It will take several days to make the information available. [The DBCDE] will make a statement today.”

He said the gag order imposed on bidders as a condition of the Request for Proposal (RFP) will stick for the duration of the bidding process, preventing proponents from publicly discussing their bids.

Telstra public policy group managing director David Quilty said it will formally press the government to recommence the bidding countdown.

“Telstra has fully complied with the government’s requirements on a voluntary basis and looks forward to the earliest possible announcement that the 12-week RFP lodgement period has been triggered,” Quilty said in a written statement.

“Every month that a NBN is not built, Australia forfeits at least $200 million in economic benefits.

“It is time to get this show on the road. Let the building begin.”

Quilty said Telstra has developed its NBN bid since August 2005, which involved plans to deploy some 2000 nodes across Australia for a Fibre-to-the-Node (FttN) network, including upgrades to its ADSL network.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags NBN

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Darren Pauli

Show Comments



Sansai 6-Outlet Power Board + 4-Port USB Charging Station

Learn more >

Victorinox Werks Professional Executive 17 Laptop Case

Learn more >



Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles


PCW Evaluation Team

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?