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Developers must be NBN ready: Albanese

25 Mar 2011 10:30 PM -

Most developers will have to ensure their new developments are ready for the national broadband network by having fibre installed.

Federal Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese told parliament the new rules would apply to all new developments, including broadacre estates, urban infill and urban renewal projects.

Generally, the rules would apply to any new development in the NBN Co's "long-term fibre footprint".

Mr Albanese said developers would have to meet the cost of trenching and "passive infrastructure".

While developers were free to use other telecommunications providers, NBN Co would be the "fibre provider of last resort".

Telstra would have a transitional role to provide services where NBN Co didn't yet have fibre.

Mr Albanese said penalties would apply to developers who leased or sold land or a building in a new development that didn't have fibre-ready facilities.

However the sale or lease transaction would still be valid.

Debate on the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Fibre Deployment) Bill 2011 was adjourned.

Developers would be wise to seek expert assistance well before breaking ground to determine what is required to fibre their new development. The actual preparation is the same and it does not matter if fibre or copper is run in the ducting but provision should be made in order to be "NBN ready" for future tenants and residents.

ICS Technologies in Brisbane are able to provide that expert assistance.

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