Just as Australia's government puts the pieces of its National Broadband Network (NBN) initiative in place with the appointment of former Alcatel-Lucent star Mike Quigley as the entity's chairman, a new partnership between NEC and OptiComm have launched a 400-home mixed residential and commercial GPON-based Fiber to the Premises project in University Hill in Victoria. Businesses and residents that live in the area will be able to take advantage of a 100 Mbps connection.
As an open access network, residents will be able to get a mixture of high-speed broadband data, basic telephone service over IP, and standard and HD TV. These services will be brought to residents over one common FTTP connection. The majority of the University Hill connections will leverage FTTP, while area Multi-Dwelling Units (MDUs) will be able to access the services via a VDSL2 connection that will go into each building's unit. Touting the project as an "example of what all homes in Australia will have access to as a result of the NBN," NEC and Opticomm plan to wire up 250,000 additional homes with fiber by 2014.
- Computerworld Australia has this article
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