NBNco yeterday announced that Alcatel had been selected as the "initial strategic supplier for the Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) and Ethernet Aggregation equipment"

This equipment will be used to deliver the 100Mbps services to 8 million homes across Australia.

NBN claims that while the Alcatel equipment is manufactured offshore all installation and testing will occur locally and will rely on over 500 engineers Alcatel-Lucent has based in Australia.

NBN Co has report it has also entered into a $15 million contract for Alcatel-Lucent to provide services over the next 12 months to assist NBN Co with engineering and testing activities in the initial deployment of technology for the fibre network.

The full announcement can be found here.


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