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National Broadband Network - Smart Grids -Australia

Australia - National Broadband Network - Smart Grids

Australia is in a unique position to benefit from two infrastructure projects that are being developed simultaneously. NBN Co is currently rolling out the government-initiated National Broadband Network and it also has a clear policy known as Digital Productivity, where the government is taking a leadership role in ensuring that other government sectors use this infrastructure for the delivery of trans-sector services (e-health, e-education, smart grids, etc).

The government has also developed a policy for the national rollout of smart grids; its demonstration project was launched in late 2010.

Smart Grid Australia and NBN Co are working together to investigate synergies between these two infrastructure projects and a preliminary report mentions possible savings of $2 billion if the projects can be aligned. Special access is provided in the NBN Bill for utilities.

Progress on the issue has been slow. Increased awareness regarding the trans-sector use of the NBN might see an increase of activity with some initial pilot programmes. However, a total review is expected under the revised NBN policies of the new government.


1. Synopsis
2. Key to Smart Grids is telecommunications
3. NBN access for smart utility services
4. Smart Grid Australia and the NBN (analyses)
4.1 Smart Grid/Smart City and the NBN
4.2 Developments between 2011 and 2013
5. Projects and Developments
5.1 Power and Water Corporation
5.2 NBN facilitates wind farm
6. How a collaborative approach could work
6.1 Introduction
6.2 Exploring synergies and opportunities
6.3 Using electricity infrastructure to roll out broadband
6.3.1 Trans-sector use of infrastructure
6.3.2 Skilled and readily available workforce
6.3.3 Combined Optical Network Terminal (ONT)/smart meter industry perspective
6.3.4 Combining ONT/smart meter user and competition perspective
6.3.5 Broadband
6.3.6 Addressing social and economic problems
6.4 NBN and smart infrastructure
6.4.1 Infrastructure Co-Development Program
7. Connected home market
8. Smart Grid/Smart City Project (separate report)
9. Separate background reports

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