The Rudd Government announced the appointment of Mr Doug Campbell as Chair of the company to rollout and operate the National Broadband Network in Tasmania.

Mr Campbell has agreed to be Chair of Tasmanian NBN Company Limited (TNBN Co), a new company which will be established and jointly owned by NBNCo and Aurora Energy.

Mr Campbell brings significant telecommunications experience and expertise to the project to deliver super-fast broadband across Tasmania. He is perfectly qualified to drive forward this project – the vital first stage of the National Broadband Network.

Mr Campbell was awarded an Order of Australia for his service to business and to the community, particularly as a contributor to the development of communications services in regional and remote areas of Australia. He was the founding group managing director and key architect of Telstra Country Wide.

Mr Campbell has 48 years of industry experience: 30 years in Canada competing with established telecommunications providers, and 18 years in Australia as a senior executive in Telstra.

TNBN Co will construct a Fibre-to-the-Premises network to deliver speeds of 100 megabits per second, to 200,000 Tasmanian households and businesses. The remainder of premises will be served by next-generation wireless or satellite services, offering speeds of 12 megabits per second or more.

TNBN Co will establish a joint project team that will be located in Tasmania to implement the broadband project across the State.

The Government is continuing the process to appoint other directors to the Board of TNBN Co, and expects to be in a position to make further announcements shortly. Mr Campbell will shortly commence his role as Chair of TNBN Co.

The Rudd Government separately announced today the appointment of former Alcatel President and Chief Operating Officer Mr Mike Quigley as Executive Chairman of NBNCo.

The announcements were made at the opening of the Aurora Energy and National Broadband Network Data Centre, a key piece of infrastructure that will support the National Broadband Network in Tasmania.

The Prime Minister also announced the communities of Smithton, Scottsdale and Midway Point will be the first to receive fibre to the premises broadband connections in the rollout of the National Broadband Network in Tasmania.


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