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NBN Co to foot the bill in linking up apartments

Mitchell Bingemann
From: The Australian
October 26, 2010


THE National Broadband Network Co will cover the costs of rewiring old apartment blocks to ensure they can connect to the service.

The decision comes as the national association for strata managers and body corporate s, the National Community Titles Institute, warned that landlords would not be willing to foot the bill for any extra costs needed to get the best service offered by the NBN.

“We would encourage landlords to make the NBN available to tenants but inevitably there could be a cost involved and in most situations like this, landlords are less willing than owner-occupied units to meet those costs,” NCTI executive officer Mark Lever told The Australian. “This might have to be something that body corporate s resolve themselves, and also pay for it.”

Those fears should be assuaged as the NBN Co yesterday confirmed to The Australian that it had recently formalized its position on connecting multi-dwelling units (MDU) to the NBN. The formal position is in line with one of the 84 recommendations outlined in the $25 million McKinsey KPMG implementation study, which the government is yet to respond to.

“We will be doing MDU re-wiring during rollout — because we have said our objective is to bring an NTU (network terminating unit) to each premises free of charge. As the name suggests, the NTU is the end of our network,” an NBN spokeswoman said.

The NBN Co did not say whether the task of rewiring old apartment blocks would affect the NBN’s $43bn price tag, but the spokeswoman said the cost had been factored into its business plan, which was submitted to its board last week.

According to the implementation study, enlisting the co-operation of the body corporates that oversee MDUs is crucial in ensuring the financial success of the NBN.

MDUs account for one-third of the nation’s premises and an unwillingness by body corporates to connect to the NBN, coupled with disparate state approaches to the way premises are being connected to the network, could wreak havoc on the government’s and the NBN Co’s plans to ensure the maximum number of premises sign up to the network.

The NCTI — which represents the vast majority of the 270,000 body corporate s around the nation — has warned that unless the government and NBN Co start engaging with strata managers and body corporate s about how the network will be connected to apartments, then many of the multi-dwelling units could miss out on the NBN.

“It’s all speculative at the moment. We actually don’t know how the NBN is going to approach body corporate sand how they will install the NBN at MDUs,” Mr Lever said.

So far, the government and the NBN Co have not entered formal discussions with any bodies representing strata managers or the body corporate s.

However, the NBN Co said it would use the first five release sites in its mainland build — in Willunga, Brunswick, Townsville, Kiama and Armidale — to test a range of installation and deployment methods in MDUs.


  1. For residential customers, the location for the installation of a satellite service must be the person’s principal place of residence i.e it does not include holiday homes.
  2. People in homes, small businesses and indigenous communities in some of the most remote areas of Australia will be among the first users of a new a high-speed broadband satellite service provided over the National Broadband Network.
  3. Download speeds of up to 1 Gigabit per second to 93% of Australian homes and businesses.
  4. The NBN Co Interim Satellite Service is scheduled to be available from 1 July 2011 via participating retail service providers.
  5. Eligible users of the Interim Satellite service will be those people who are unable to access other broadband alternatives and who meet the service guidelines by passing a service qualification test.
  6. Remaining 7% of premises being connected at up to 12 Megabits per second using wireless and satellite technologies.
  7. NBN Co plans to deliver fibre-based coverage with speeds of 100 Megabits per second to 93% of premises.
  8. NBN Co will provide satellite equipment and meet the cost of the installation of dishes and other terminal equipment, which will remain the property of NBN Co.
  9. The NBN Co Interim Satellite service aims to assist the transition from the Australian Broadband Guarantee Scheme to the long-term NBN Co satellite service.
  10. Capital cost of A$35.7 billion including a Government equity contribution of A$27.1 billion.
  11. For most premises, NBN Co will use either Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) or Ethernet Point to Point fibre and will link some premises by wireless or satellite, depending on location and geography.
  12. Where geographic location impedes the ability to provide either fibre or advanced wireless connectivity, NBN Co plans to provide like connectivity through satellite technology, delivering 12 Megabits per second.
  13. NBN Co expects that a range of retail prices and plans will be offered by retail service providers.
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