NBN Co and Telstra have signed a deal to undertake a fibre-to-the-node trial. Details of the FTTN trial will be outlined this morning at a Canberra press conference, but according to an Australian Financial Review report the trial will involve connecting more than 200,000 premises via 1000 nodes and is worth $150 million.
The AFR reported that a spokesperson for communications minister Malcolm Turnbull told the paper that an agreement between NBN Co and Telstra to give the NBN wholesaler access to the parts of Telstra's network required for a nationwide FTTN rollout has not been finalised.
The FTTN contract revealed today "represents an interim step while NBN Co, Telstra and the government finalise changes to the existing Definitive Agreements covering Telstra’s pa¬rticipation in the NBN," the spokesperson said.
The contract covers areas in regional NSW and Queensland, the AFR reported.
In a Senate Estimates hearings held in May NBN Co chief operating officer Greg Adcock said that the government-owned company was undertaking FTTN trials in Umima and Epping while negotiations with Telstra over a broader FTTN rollout continued.
NBN Co executive JB Rousselot told the hearing that negotiations for a new deal with Telstra in light of the government ditching its predecessor's fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) rollout were "progressing", but declined to offer any detail.
"These negotiations are progressing. There is good will on both parts. They are complex... They are progressing and both parties are entering that conversation with good will," Rousselot said.