Tuesday 18 Oct, 11

The Victorian Government recently announced that applications are being sought for projects that develop innovative broadband solutions to boost productivity.

Grants of between $100k and $1m are available per project.

Applications close at COB 4 November 2011.

Programs guidelines and Expressions of Interest application forms are available on the website listed below.

Wednesday 21 Sep, 11

NBN Co today announced the dates that preliminary site works are scheduled to start in the Second Release Sites of the national broadband network in New South Wales, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory.

Works are due to start across nine locations in a rolling schedule, with preliminary site work due to get underway this month in Armidale and Coffs Harbour, NSW. NBN Co plans to roll out the network in a series of modules, each covering around 3000 premises.

Tuesday 6 Sep, 11

The rollout of the National Broadband Network is shortly to begin in earnest in Western Australia and Victoria after NBN Co today signed two separate agreements with major national construction companies.

NBN Co has signed agreements for the large-scale deployment of the NBN in Victoria with Transfield Services and with Syntheo, the Lend Lease/Service Stream joint venture, for Western Australia.

Both agreements cover fibre design and construction activities in the respective states over an initial period of two years, with options to extend for two further years.


Monday 27 Jun, 11

Prime Minister switches on network in Brunswick area

The National Broadband Network came to Melbourne this morning with the inner city suburb of Brunswick becoming the first metropolitan area in Australia to receive superfast* fibre-based broadband.

Prime Minister the Hon Julia Gillard MP switched on the network at a ceremony at the Brunswick Town Hall.

The suburb is the third and latest mainland test site to receive the fibre optic-enabled NBN.

Monday 27 Jun, 11

IBSA Media release

Australia's National Broadband Network is facing a major shortfall of skilled workers, according to the Innovation & Business Skills Australia (IBSA 2010 Enviroment Scan.

The 2010 IBSA report into Australias Information and Communications Technologies Industries shows that Australia needs 8,000 more skilled telecommunications workers to implement the National Broadband Network.

One of the most acute deficits is in the area of skilled cablers, in an industry that is already facin

Tuesday 23 Aug, 11

Communications Alliance Media release

Communications Alliance, the peak body for the Australian communications industry, today announced the availability of the Release 2 NBN End User Premises Handbook.

The Handbook now includes information on satellite and wireless access, a substantial new section on installation practices in the End User Premises, and information on testing and diagnostics of End User Premises cabling and connecting to an optical fibre distribution network.  It al