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Australia - National Broadband Network - Infrastructure Plans and Contracts

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The National Broadband Network Corporation will have to make the critical architecture and design decision for this open wholesale-only company, which will form the basis of this new infrastructure for at least the next 25 years.

The report provides a high level overview of the plans developed by NBN Co as well as strategic peer reviews from overseas.

In this report we also discuss issues around technologies such as the Network Operation Centre, the Optical Network Terminal, Points-of-Interconnect and IPTV versus RF Video.

The report follows the infrastructure contracts awarded by NBN Co.

Companies included:

NBN Co, Warren& Brown Technologies, Corning, Alcatel-Lucent, Prysmian, ETSA Utilities, Ergon Energy, Silcar, Transfield Services, Telstra, Nokia Siemens, Global Switch, Polaris Data Centre, IBM, VisionStream Australia, Madison Technologies, Optimal, OFS, 3M, TE Connectivity, Emerson Network Power, Service Stream, Syntheo, Lend Lease Group, Cisco, Verizon

1. Synopsis
2. The network plan
2.1 Overall design and architecture
2.2 The backhaul network
2.3 Points-of-interconnect (POI) architecture
2.3.1 ACCC revises list of POIs
2.4 Paid for Network Extension
3. External analysis of the Australian Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH) architecture
4. NBN Co contracts
4.1 Defect-management solution from Geomatic Technologies
4.2 Transit Network
4.3 End-user equipment
4.4 Network facilities Centres
4.5 Via Sat to supply satellite ground equipment
4.6 Contracts with Transfield and Service Stream
4.7 Construction agreements for SA and NT
4.8 Fibre-optic contracts
4.8.1 Fibre manufacturing plant in Sydney
4.9 Ericsson to build fixed wireless network
4.9.1 Visionstream to construct the network
4.10 Network Operations Centre for NBN
4.11 Contractors for first-build sites
4.12 Nokia Siemens Networks selected for DWDM
4.13 Data Centres
4.14 IBM selected as systems integrator
4.15 Site Management
4.16 Internal IT systems
4.17 Network maintenance, installation and activation contract
4.18 NBN satellite ground station contracts
5. Infrastructure Sharing and Coordination
5.1 Smart grids and the NBN
5.2 Is it smart to build massive concrete poles before the NBN?
6. Other Technology Issues
6.1 IPv6 transition
6.2 The Optical Network Terminal (ONT)
6.3 IPTV versus IPTV+RF
6.3.1 Introduction
6.3.2 Multicast facilities access products
6.3.3 RF video over FttH
6.3.4 The NBN could fix your TV problems
6.3.5 IP multicasting
6.3.6 Set-top boxes (STBs)
6.3.7 Wholesale plan and prices
6.3.8 Bright future for SmartTV
6.3.9 Social TV - peer-to-peer content distribution
6.4 Battery Backup
7. FttH Greenfield Market (separate Report)
8. Related reports
List of Exhibits
Exhibit 1 - IT Platform and capabilities
Exhibit 2 - Demo centre and demo truck

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