NBN Tasmania picks Corning Cable Systems for rollout

Tasmania's NBN rollout gathering pace

The company in charge of rolling out the National Broadband Network (NBN) in Tasmania has announced Corning Cable Systems Pty Ltd will provide fibre optic cable for the construction of the infrastructure project.

Doug Campbell, executive chairman of NBN Tasmania, said the announcement shows NBN Tasmania and Aurora Energy are able to mobilise resources quickly to ensure the roll-out for Tasmania. (NBN Tasmania used to be referred to as TNBNco and is a subsidiary of NBN Co.)

“By connecting Tasmanian communities via fibre optic cable we are creating a piece of infrastructure that will greatly benefit these communities,” Campbell said in a statement.

Initial deliveries of cable are scheduled for October and November and will form the first stage of the NBN Tasmania fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network, to be rolled out to approximately 5000 homes in Smithton, Scottsdale and Midway Point.

The Tasmanian NBN rollout was officially announced in July. The project involves the construction of a seven kilometre fibre optic transmission link between Aurora Energy's Cambridge Data Centre and Midway Point.

Work officially commenced on the Cambridge to Midway Point section of the NBN in Tasmania last month.

The NBN is already having an effect on the Tasmanian economy, with Macquarie Telecom announcing its decision to invest in a new IP VPN data network in Tasmania was enabled by the NBN and regulatory certainty around wholesale and retail competition.

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