Australia’s NBN Co awards MDU contract to Optimal and OFS

The National Broadband Network of Australia (NBN Co) has picked OFS and Optimal Cable Services to supply fiber-optic cables and connectivity products for deployment inside multiple dwelling units (MDUs).

The National Broadband Network of Australia (NBN Co) has picked OFS and Optimal Cable Services to supply fiber-optic cables and connectivity products for deployment inside multiple dwelling units (MDUs). These products will support NBN Co's FTTx broadband build-out in Australia, which will bring fiber to 93% of Australian homes, schools, and businesses, initially providing broadband speeds of up to 100 Mbps at the wholesale level.

"NBN is pleased to add OFS and Optimal Cable to the range of suppliers we are working with to deliver the National Broadband Network to Australian homes and businesses. As we recently announced our 12-month rollout schedule – with construction to start in areas covering over half a million premises – today's announcement is an important part of the development of our supply chain," said NBN Co CEO, Mike Quigley.

NBN will use OFS connectivity products to connect broadband subscribers in MDUs. NBN Co has chosen AllWave FLEX+ fiber, the latest bend-optimized singlemode fiber offering from OFS, which is compliant to the ITU-T G.657.A2 specification. NBN has also selected several different OFS assemblies for use in tight spaces in combination with the advanced fiber.

"OFS and Optimal are proud to supply NBN's key multiple dwelling unit customers with assemblies that provide the enhanced flexibility and simplicity of installation enabled through our unique fiber and cable designs," said Timothy Pillow, senior vice president global marketing and sales for OFS.

NBN granted a similar award to Corning Cable Systems as well (see "Corning Cable Systems inks NBN fiber deal for multiple dwelling units").

For more information on connectivity products and suppliers, visit the Lightwave Buyer’s Guide.


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