NBN Co is looking to satellite network operators to provide capability statements for the satellite service requirements of the National Broadband Network (NBN).
In a statement, NBN Co executive chairman Mike Quigley described the call for information as an "an important milestone in the progress of the project, particularly for the provision of high-speed broadband services to rural and regional Australia".
The company said it is open to hearing from both individual companies and those prepared to work in partnerships. After evaluation NBN Co will then select five to 10 suppliers to join a request for proposal process.
The request for capability statement will be available from 5pm today (Tuesday 19th January) from the company's website: www.nbnco.com.au.
At the end of last week, NBN Co announced it received many “high-quality” responses to its request for capability statements for the supply of infrastructure.
In a statement, the NBN Co said it is working through the statements for the supply of fibre-to-the-premises-related equipment and services, the first in a series addressing different elements.
The company expects a short-list to be finalised by the end of the month.
In early January, it was revealed that NBN Co appointed Goldman Sachs as an advisor for its negotiations with Telstra (ASX:TLS).
In December, Telstra, the Federal Government and NBN Co made a joint announcement that the two companies had agreed to Terms of Engagement in their discussions on the NBN with negotiations to continue.
Telstra also said it will upgrade its network to fibre in the Melbourne suburb of Point Cook as a trial and provide resultant data to NBN Co.
The Federal Government is now also looking for an independent advisor to assist with any commercial agreement NBN Co reaches and has opened a tender process.
And yesterday, industry group, the Communications Alliance, said it is hoping to assist end users — both consumers and businesses — through its draft National Broadband Network End User Premises Installation, Distribution, Testing and Associated Practice Handbook.