Thursday, 18 May 2017 06:04

NBN Co says 15m metres of copper bought for network

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The company building Australia's national broadband network has invested in 15 million metres of copper uptil now for its multi-technology mix network.

The make-up of the network was changed to include mostly fibre-to-the-node after a new government was elected in 2016. This has led to an increased need for copper wires.

In Senate Estimates, the government said, in response to questions that were 18 days overdue for answers, that NBN Co had purchased 15,051 kms of copper to date, from a company named Prysmian.

The copper is being sourced from Brazil and Turkey, apart from Australia.

In response to another question from Senator Anne Urquhart, the government said that there was no estimate of how much copper would be required to complete the rollout which, right now, is scheduled to be in 2020.

"The total purchase of copper will vary with final rollout technology mix, as each technology has unique characteristics that affect copper cable utilisation," the questioner was told.

Referring to this, Labor shadow communications minister Michelle Rowland said that the use of taxpayer funds on "last century's copper" was another indictment of Malcolm Turnbull's "failed second-rate NBN".


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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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