December 2017 New developments industry newsletter


Message from the General Manager

As we approach the end of another year, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone in the construction industry for your valued support.

This year has seen a number of changes for nbn and a key focus has been improving our customer experience in both new developments and established homes.

Early in the year we launched our local government engagement program, to help streamline approvals by releasing standard documentation in order for councils to easily identify developments that were ready for nbn™ infrastructure to be installed. In addition we met with over 70 key councils in high growth areas to talk about how best to support developers in the telecommunications approval process.

We also continued our partnerships with key industry associations, presenting at 57 industry events and trade shows to ensure developers, builders and cablers have the information they need to prepare sites for the nbn™ broadband access network.

In one of our more high profile developments, in October we worked on the renovation TV show The Block. nbn were thrilled to work with contestants to install new nbn™ infrastructure, helping to ensure the highly sought after homes were equipped to connect smart wiring and appliances ready for auction day.

In terms of our performance, nbn reached over 6 million in total premises ready to connect and activated over 3 million homes. More than half the premises in Australia can now order a nbn™ powered plan from a retailer.

Looking ahead, 2018 is set to be an exciting year for nbn new developments with a number of new initiatives set to kick off. This includes introducing new developments training and accreditation (see below), increased automation and streamlined review and approval processes – with the view to get quicker turnaround times on certification of compliant infrastructure and faster connections.

Once again, thank you for your continued support and have a fantastic festive season with family and friends. We look forward to continuing our work together in the New Year.

Julian Nachmias

General Manager, New Developments

New Pit and Pipe and Pathways Accreditation set to launch

Following industry feedback, nbn has been working to develop online training and accreditation to provide up-to-date methods on how to design and install for nbn™ standards.

A key callout from industry has been the time it takes to correct designs or remediate work. nbn has been working to implement best practice training for the nbn™ broadband access network design and construction activities. This will fast track certification and approvals and ensure consistency across the industry.

In the New Year, we will launch the training program that will enable designers and installers to become accredited by nbn in Pathway Design, Pit and Pipe Design and Pit and Pipe installation.

The modules will also train industry on using our new Assisted Drafting Tool, which is set to launch at the same time. We are currently working with the design industry to gather feedback and look forward to rolling out the training in the New Year.

What’s the word around The Block? Build for nbn!

If you are building a new home, then build for the future. Even the blockbuster TV show The Block is adopting an nbn™ powered Australia.

The Block engaged with nbn to connect the new homes to ensure contestants and buyers could unlock the home’s full potential with an nbn™ powered plan, providing the bandwidth to run many of the smart devices installed.

The Australian dream of owning a home is evolving alongside modern technology. It’s now a smart home we desire. With close to 10,000 homes being approved for construction every month in Australia, how we design and build these homes is changing.

Over the next three years, the number of connected devices in the average Australian home has been predicted to more than double to over 30. Developers are advised to have the necessary infrastructure to provide access to fast broadband networks to ensure they are building for the modern home buyer.

New homes provide the perfect environment to plan for the ideal tech solution, but you need to plan early so that nbn can design the right network solution in time for when residents move in or when you plan to sell.

Read more about nbn and The Block

NSW Planning Circular - Conditions of consent for fibre-ready facilities and telecommunications infrastructure

nbn has been meeting with councils across Australia to help streamline approvals processes for telecommunications infrastructure and to update on nbn responsibilities as more areas become part of the nbn™ broadband access network rollout area.

As part of improving telecommunication approvals processes on 17 November 2017, the NSW Government issued a Planning Circular – Conditions of consent for fibre-ready facilities and telecommunications infrastructure. The Planning Circular advises local councils that all developments (unless exempted) should include conditions to ensure that modern telecommunications infrastructure is provided for all premises to be constructed in new developments. We look forward to councils in NSW applying these conditions.  

Enterprise-grade enhancements for Australian businesses

In November, nbn announced the launch of a number of product and service updates designed to help meet market demand for medium, enterprise and government businesses migrating to the nbn™ broadband access network.

A new nbn team will work closely with phone and internet providers as well as the broader industry to introduce additional wholesale products and services purpose-built to help service providers to support medium and large organisations. This includes an Enterprise Ethernet product providing a wholesale direct fibre broadband product to provide access to enterprise-grade high bandwidth. This is designed to achieve symmetrical speeds of up to 1Gbps as well as increased operational support.

The product is currently being trialled and scheduled to be in market by the end of 2018.

Read more about nbn’s business products

nbn announces G.fast launch for 2018

nbn will be adding next-generation broadband technology, G.fast, to its Multi-Technology toolkit in 2018, paving the way for faster speeds over copper lines on the nbn™ broadband access network.

Bringing G.fast technology into its Multi Technology Model (MTM) will allow nbn to enable even faster speeds to end-users on our Fibre-to-the-Building (FTTB) and Fibre-to-the-Curb (FTTC) access networks.

G.fast is expected to take broadband speeds past the current 100Mbps levels delivered by VDSL technology to deliver speeds of up to 1Gbps over copper lines by using higher frequencies of either 106MHz or 212MHz – compared to just 17MHz on VDSL.

nbn trialled G.fast technology in October 2015, achieving speeds of 600Mbps on a 20 year-old stretch of 100 metre copper cabling, and will conduct further testing before launch.

Read more about the G.fast launch for 2018

Congratulations to UDIA Award Winners

The UDIA Awards have been held in most states over the past few months, recognising the knowledge, skills and innovation of the Australian development industry.

nbn were pleased to continue our support at each event and would like to pass on our congratulations to each winner including:

  • UDIA NSW Medium Density Award (Infill) – Laurier, Helm Pty Limited
  • UDIA QLD Urban Renewal Award – The Melbourne Residences, ARIA Property Group
  • UDIA SA President’s Award - Martin Road Development, Springlake 
  • UDIA WA Urban Development Excellence Award – Ellenbrook, LWP Property Group and Department of Communities
  • UDIA NT Affordable Housing Award- The Parap House, Sensu Homes
  • UDIA VIC Urban Renewal Award – Jaques Richmond, Riverlee Group

We would also like to extend our congratulations to all the winners and nominees who put forward a range of exceptional development projects showcasing some of the best in Australia and the world.