NBN invests in technology for “faster and greener” network

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2nd from left: Ricky Corker, Chief Customer Experience Officer at Nokia, talks to Finland’s PM and Foreign Trade Minister, Australia’s Minister for Communications and NBN executives at event in Sydney

NBN recently welcomed the Australian Government’s commitment to invest an additional $2.4bn to roll out more fibre to communities across Australia. The investment is designed to enable an additional 1.5 million homes and businesses currently served by fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) to upgrade to fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP). Coupled with the additional homes and businesses connected by fibre, NBN is evolving the FTTP technology platform to enable higher speed services and has recently successfully completed lab evaluations of 25Gb/s FTTP technology.

The upgrades will help ensure eligible customers can more effectively work from home and operate online businesses, participate in online education, engage in telehealth consultations, stream entertainment and connect with friends and family.

NBN is deploying Nokia’s next-generation Lightspan MF-14 broadband platform and Altiplano Access Controller to deliver a smarter, faster and greener network. The Altiplano Access Controller is a software-defined (SDN) and network function virtualisation (NFV) tool used to drive greater automation and virtualization. The deployment is the first for the Lightspan MF-14 in the Southern Hemisphere and will help address Australia’s broadband needs into the future and help the company realise its Toward Zero Carbon Ambition.

Stephen Rue, CEO at NBN, says: “Rapid technological advances will play a critical role in driving the economic prosperity of our nation and in enabling our transition to a smarter, digitally enabled economy. By leading the deployment of this next-generation technology, we can help meet our nation’s data demands now and into the future. Together with our network investment that is pushing fibre deeper into communities and extending fixed wireless and satellite coverage and capabilities, we are helping unlock social and economic benefits for households, businesses and communities across Australia.

Ricky Corker, Chief Customer Experience Officer at Nokia, adds: “Nokia and NBN have been partners for more than 10 years and we’re excited to continue to support NBN in this next technological evolution, deploying more advanced and energy-efficient networking technology. Using Nokia’s advanced fibre technology coupled with our network optimisation and automation capabilities, Nokia and NBN can meet customer demand for a faster, smarter, greener broadband network today and well into the future.”

Deployment will commence in 2023.

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30 June 2022

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