JANUARY 16, 2011 -- Corning Cable Systems Pty. Ltd., part of Corning Inc.’s Telecommunications segment, has been selected as a primary NBN Co supplier of optical fiber cable and hardware for the Australian government’s National Broadband Network (NBN) initiative to bring high-speed broadband services nationwide.
NBN intends to pass 93 percent of Australian homes and businesses (roughly 10 million) with an open-access network providing download speeds of 100 megabits per second within the next 10 years. Corning and NBN Co have signed a contract for the supply of optical cable and hardware. The contract could be valued at up to AUS $1.2 billion over the contract period with an initial purchase commitment of AUS $400 million. An additional tender will be issued for the second half of the deployment at a later date.
Corning manufactures optical connectivity solutions for communications networks. Having participated in Australian FTTH builds since 2005, including the launch of NBN in Tasmania, Corning Cable Systems Australia has crafted a country-specific solution set that will be able to withstand the various environments found throughout the Australian landscape, says a company representative.
The deployment is likely to include the FlexNAP terminal distribution system with RPX ribbon cable for aerial installations and ALTOS ribbon cable, featuring enhanced low-loss ITU-T G.652.D-compliant SMF-28e+ LL fiber for underground installations.
“Corning is delighted to have been selected as a major strategic partner for NBN Co. The size and scope of the NBN project will enable Corning to invest in new equipment and technologies for our Australian facility,” says Rainer Dittrich, managing director of Corning Cable Systems Pty. Ltd. “We look forward to supporting Australia’s vision and leadership in broadband deployment.