National Broadband Network

The Communications Alliance NBN Project has moved to its second stage following the election of the Abbott Government and the announcement of The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull as the Minister for Communications.

The Abbott Government’s Broadband policy is available here

More information on the Communications Alliance NBN Project (2009 – 2011) is available here.



Current Activities

Communications Alliance – working with its Carrier and CSP Members, NBN Co, Vendor Members and other members and Stakeholders – is engaged on a number of NBN-related operational projects.  These include:


WC50 LNP NBN Requirements

Description

The Local Number Portability Code NBN Requirements Working Committee (WC50) is to develop recommendations for an LNP framework in a fully realised NBN environment, taking the following into consideration:

  • Customer transfer and LNP experiences gained in the NBN environment including customer experience, the type and nature of transactions, systems and process capabilities being deployed and existing and future capability to support high volume migrations and transfers projected in the NBN Co business plan;
  • The different roles of carriers, carriage service providers, access providers, wholesale aggregators, retail service providers and resellers in the LNP process in an NBN environment;
  • Outcomes for customers and industry, taking into account expected longer term service trends, underlying service technologies, interconnect arrangements and international practices. Focus to include service provider entry into the LNP framework and the resultant consumer experience of portability being broadly available across fixed telephony suppliers; and
  • Longer term trends in market structure expected in an NBN environment, noting the desirability of a robust level of market place competition at each service delivery layer.

Terms of reference (Download, .doc 23.2 KB)

Representatives

AAPT, iiNet, M2 Communications, NBN Co, Paradigm.One, Singtel Optus, Telstra, Verizon, Vodafone Hutchison Australia, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Australian Communications and Media Authority, Department of Broadband Communications and the Digital Economy


WC53 NBN Fibre Access Transfer

Description

Specifically, the Working Committee is to develop a NBN Fibre Access Transfer Industry Guideline that will:

  • establish operational principles which will enable the transfer of an NBN fibre access service between RSPs;
  • establish minimum operational requirements on RSPs, Access Seekers and Access Providers in the transfer of an NBN fibre access service between RSPs; and
  • minimise End User impacts during the transfer of an NBN fibre access service between RSPs.

Terms of reference (Download, .doc 25KB)

Representatives

iiNet, M2, NBN Co, Optus, Telstra


NBN OTT Services Transition Working Group (NOST)

Description

The NOST Working Group is developing communications and operational plans to help RSPs and Over-The-Top (OTT) service providers to manage transition of relevant services and devices from copper to fibre based telephone services and to assist end-users of OTT services (and in particular personal medical alarm services) to manage the transition from copper to fibre based telephone services.

The NBN OTT Services Transition Working Group has been established to:

  • develop communications and operational plans to help Retail Service Providers (RSPs) and Over-The-Top (OTT) service providers to manage transition of relevant services and/or devices from copper to fibre based telephone services.
  • develop communications and operational plans to assist end-users of OTT services (and in particular personal medical alarm services) to manage transition from copper to fibre based telephone services.
  • acts as a forum to encourage interaction between RSPs and OTT providers to manage interworking and migration from copper based to fibre based telephone services.
  • acts as a forum for the sharing of test results and trials between RSPs, OTT providers and NBN Co.

The Industry Guidance Note (IGN 004)  Migration of back-to-base medical and security alarms to Fibre To The Premises (FTTP) open access networks – considerations has been revised by the NOST Working Group in the lead-up to the recent Federal Election. Further work is to be undertaken to assess the implications for OTT device transition arising from the introduction of Fibre To The Node (FTTN) to the range of access technologies to be used during the roll-out of the NBN. A further edition of the guidance note will be issued when this work is completed.  

Terms of Reference (Download, .doc 41KB)

Representatives

ACCC, ACMA, ASIAL, DBCDE, Hills International & Technology Group, IPStar Australia, NBN Co, OptiComm Co, Optus, Orion Satellite Systems, Telstra, TUSMA, UHS, VC International (VCI) (representing PERSA)


Battery Back-Up

Finalisation of arrangements to obtain informed consent from consumers if they wish to opt-in to the provision of a battery back-up (BBU) facility when they connect their services to the NBN;


WC58 VDSL2 and Vectoring

Description

The VDSL2 and Vectoring Working Committee (WC58) is to revise the:

  • C559:2012 Unconditioned Local Loop Service (ULLS) Network Deployment Industry Code,
  • AS/ACIF S043 Requirements for Customer Equipment for connection to a metallic local loop interface of a Telecommunications Network Australian Standard, and
  • AS/ACIF S041:2009 Requirements for DSL Customer Equipment for connection to the Public Switched Telephone Network Australian Standard
    • to align with international developments in VDSL2 technology e.g. ITU-T Recommendations G993.2 and G.993.5.

      Terms of reference (Download, .doc 52KB)

Representatives

AAPT, Adtran Networks, Alcatel Lucent, Huawei, iiNet, International Copper Association, Layer10, M2, NBN Co, Netcomm Wireless, OneAccess Networks, Optus, Telstra.


CECRP/WG45 RSP Customer Cabling Cut-over Practices

The CECRP/WG45 Working Group is developing guidance for RSPs which they can use for their staff when connecting an NTD to the existing customer cabling.



Key Announcements

  • Coalition policy on Broadband and the NBN is available here
  • Announcement that the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP to be Minister for Communications and Mr Paul Fletcher MP is to be Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications

Links to announcements from 2009-2011 are available on the NBN Project History page.


Documents

Industry Guidance Note (IGN 004)  Migration of back-to-base medical and security alarms to Fibre To The Premises (FTTP) open access networks – considerations

September 2013, Release 2

Industry Guidance Note (IGN 004) (.pdf, 380 KB)

The Migration of back-to-base medical and security alarms to Fibre To The Premises (FTTP) open access networks – considerations Industry Guidance Note provides:

  • guidance to NBN Co, RSPs and alarm service providers who will need to interact with customers migrating their telecommunications and alarm services onto the NBN;
  • information to suppliers of alarm services wired into and relying on the existing telecommunications service cabling in a customer’s premises to operate effectively; and
  • guidance to improve the provision of accurate information and answers to customers’ questions where issues arise in regard to their alarm services.

Earlier Documents

Document releases created by the NBN Project working groups in the 2009 to 2011 stage of the NBN Project are available here