November 2015 New developments industry newsletter


Message from GM of New Developments

As we near the end of another year, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all our industry partners for their support over the past 12 months.

2015 has seen some big changes take place, with a new policy, minister and cabinet all keeping us on our toes and adapting to new environments. But with changes come new opportunities and there have been some memorable achievements worth noting.

nbn has released its three year rollout plan providing developers with a long-term view of nbn’s construction timeline for each region. The plan is set to double the footprint every year for the next 3 years, with 9.1 million premises expected to be ready for service (76% of total footprint) by FY18, using five different technologies.

This quarter also saw the launch of nbn’s Fibre to the Node technology. In addition, our first long-term broadband satellite, Sky Muster, blasted off, which is expected to launch commercially in mid-2016.

In the New Developments roll out we have continued to see our partnerships grow with over 1,400 contracts signed this year, representing 258,500 lots/premises. To date we have activated over 126,600 new happy homes and businesses to the nbn™ network and have constructed active fibre to over 218,300 lots.

In September an industry working group established by nbn completed their review of nbn’s Pit and Pipe specifications, and updated guidelines have been released providing more clarity and simplified where possible.

We have also introduced a more transparent pricing model for backhaul that outlines our total costs and the percentage of cost recovery the developer can expect to pay. More on this below.

Another focus over the past quarter has been on encouraging builders to arrange a pre-installation of nbn™ equipment. The pre-install service is one of the benefits of choosing nbn as your provider and means residents can connect as soon as they move in and not have to wait for a technician to attend site after they have moved into their new premises. Delivering the nbn™ network on time ahead of residents and tenants occupying their new premises has also been of significant focus in 2015 with nbn delivering 91% of its developments on time.

This year we also completed our first nbn™ ready campaign on realestate.com.au with very strong results showing the strength of our brand in increasing a home buyer’s interest in a home. Our new brand is available to all of our developers, so please do make the most of our co-branding opportunities.

Many of these milestones could not have been achieved without the support of our partners. I would like to take this opportunity to again thank the industry and reiterate our commitment to providing state-of-the-art telecommunications that adds value to your projects.

I look forward to continuing our work together throughout 2016.

Julian Nachmias
General Manager, New Developments

Under 100 lot developments encouraged to apply

Is your new development under 100 lots? You may be eligible to connect to the nbn™ network now.

nbn is able to service new developments under 100 lots, even if we are not the Infrastructure Provider of Last Resort (IPLOR).

New developments located outside areas where the nbn™ network is currently announced or ready for service still have the potential to connect to nbn’s state-of-the-art landline phone and internet network now, instead of ADSL services.

nbn will assess your new development for viability, but in many cases nbn will be able to connect your development.

Julian Nachmias, General Manager of New Developments said there are a number of benefits of incorporating nbn™ technology into the early stages of construction.

“By engaging nbn early in process, developers are able to minimise disruptions onsite and potentially lower costs by installing nbn™ infrastructure when trenches are open or buildings are being constructed”.

“It also means you will receive some of the best technology for your residents and will be able to market your development as ‘nbn™ ready’ from the very beginning”.

In order to have your new development assessed you need to apply online to nbn at least 6 months prior to when you need service. An nbn representative will contact you within five business days to discuss your application.

In some instances backhaul charges may apply in order to bring the rollout forward. Any potential costs will be outlined during your assessment, and developers are free to default to the IPOLR for the region, who may also charge.

The nbn™ network is designed to add value to developments and to help ensure its potential is unlocked by connecting to Australia’s Broadband Network. If you are building an under 100 lot development, we encourages you fill out the pre-qualification tool to see if you are eligible to connect to the nbn™ network.

Backhaul Cost Recovery Update

Since the release of the Telecommunications in New Developments policy, nbn has been working on implementing a cost recovery model that ensures we continue to offer competitive and transparent backhaul pricing in line with both policy and industry expectations.

As per the existing arrangement, backhaul extensions of no more than one kilometre from an existing nbn development or access point will incur no charge.

Where the route length is greater than one kilometre developers are required to make a contribution to nbn’s per lot incremental capital cost of providing backhaul of up to 50 percent of the first $1000 and 100 percent of costs in excess of the first $1000 per lot.

Developers are charged a percentage of the full costs that nbn incurs in order to deliver the network to the new development.

Pricing table as at 20 October 2015

Component nbn average cost Developer Contribution 50% of the first $1,000 per premises   Developer Contribution 100% above first $1,000 per premises
Haul (Existing Duct Available) $13 / metre $6.5 / metre $13 / metre
Construction (New Duct Required) $60 / metre $30 / metre $60 / metre

Pricing is based on nbn’s current average cost for hauling (including fibre cables) as well as construction (i.e. trenching and boring costs). Quotes are locked at the time they are provided and will not increase or vary from the original agreement.

nbn offers Feasibility Assessments to provide early planning information and indicative backhaul contributions. To request a Feasibility Assessment contact your Account Manager or email: newdevelopments@nbn.com.au

Pit and Pipe Guidelines have been updated

The Pit and Pipe Technical Working Group have completed their task and revised the 'New Developments: Deployment of the NBN Co Conduit and Pit Network - NBN-TE-CTO-194' guidelines.

The guidelines are for developers, design consultants and pit and pipe installers, building pit and pipe for new development broadacre Single Dwelling Units (SDU).

The updated guidelines can be utilised immediately and any new designs received on or after 21 January 2016 will be required to meet the updated guidelines.

View the updated version of the ‘Guidelines’.

The updated guidelines are a result of the work undertaken by an industry technical working group. The group reviewed the pit and pipe standards with a view to simplifying where possible to ensure they represent the minimum requirements for fibre ready installation and become and industry standard for non-carriers to follow.

Representatives involved in the review included nbn, Department of Communications, Communications Alliance, Property Council Australia, Housing Industry Association, Master Builders Association, Urban Development Institute of Australia and Greenfield Committee members.

Arrange a pre-installation and get nbn™ ready

To help enable an efficient connection to the nbn™ network, builders, developers and authorised representatives can request a pre-install of nbn™ in-home equipment. This means your development will be ‘nbn™ ready’ and residents can connect to the nbn™ network through a phone or internet provider as soon as they move in.

A pre-install is the installation of all nbn™ supplied equipment prior to residents moving in. It means disruptions on-site and to residents are minimised.
Standard pre-installs are free and work is carried out by a certified nbn communications technician once lock-up stage has been achieved.

To arrange a pre-install of nbn™ supplied equipment, visit: www.nbn.com.au/preinstallrequest. Once we have received your request, we will be in touch to discuss your timelines and arrange a site visit.

If you would like to speak to a pre-install specialist contact New Developments at: newdevelopments@nbn.com.au or call 1800 687 626.  

Digital Trends: Jobs of the future

Connectivity, entrepreneurialism and a rising population will shape three million new jobs by 2030

A new study by Bernard Salt has uncovered the distinct skill sets which represent Australia’s future jobs in the digital age.

Developed by KPMG Demographics and commissioned by nbn, the Super connected jobs report explores how the potential for universal access to fast broadband can shape the future Aussie workforce and liberate employees from the confines of set working hours or places.

Key findings include:

  • Three million more jobs by 2030 – With three million new jobs since 2000, it is likely the Australian workforce will increase by another three million more workers in the next 15 years to 2030. There will be a growing emphasis on part-time working women work as well as longer careers for older workers.
  • A culture of entrepreneurialism – The rise of new technology and digital disruption will facilitate a level of entrepreneurialism unlike ever before. This will influence the economy with the rise of ‘Silicon Cities and Beaches’ outside of metro areas, as more small and agile businesses pop-up with new ways to disrupt, improve and create value.
  • It’s not only about ‘robot polishers’ – While the invention of the motorcar created jobs in car cleaning, future jobs won’t mean everyone suddenly enters the robot cleaning business. Jobs of the future will stem from what is in most demand due to changing skill sets, population increase and the potential for ubiquitous access to fast broadband via the nbn™ network.
  • Connectivity the common thread – While digital disruption will create new business models, the majority of Australian job growth will come from ‘the jobs of today’. Connectivity will impact all types of jobs, even those not strictly in the technology space. New tools and new ways of communicating will influence all jobs of the future, no matter if you are a teacher, plumber, doctor or photographer.

Author of the Super connected jobs report, demographer Bernard Salt said:

“Australians are on the dawn of a disruptive ‘Uber-work’ era. Super connectivity made available via the nbn™ network will deliver a greater balance between work and lifestyle pursuits as we redefine how, when and where we will work.

“We could also see the rise of new Silicon cities or beaches in regional hubs around the country as universal access to fast broadband drives a culture of entrepreneurialism and innovation outside our capital cities.”

View the report.

Meet the Team

Jodie Lunn
Account Manager, SA/NT

As the Territory Manager for SA and NT, Jodie works closely with a range of developers, consultants, builders, engineers and designers to understand their projects and develop plans that deliver the nbn™ network when they need it. Using her customer service and commercial skills, Jodie provides tailored advice and information about how to unlock a development’s full potential. She can often be found educating smaller builders about how they can get nbn™ ready, as well as helping larger developers cost and plan their pipeline of projects.

“The best part about my job is being able to bring the nbn™ network to all types and sizes of developments, helping set the foundation for these communities for years to come”.

Warren Smith,
Deployment Specialist, QLD

Warren looks after the technical needs of our Queensland developments, with a particular focus on multi-dwelling units (MDUs). Warren works closely with the local teams to provide expert advice on external and internal designs. He is a maverick problem solver, using his extensive experience in construction and telecommunications to develop unique solutions tailored to each development. He spends a lot of his time on site assisting with the installation process and coaching teams to achieve the best outcomes for the development and its residents.

“The best part about my job is finding the solution that balances the needs of the nbn™ install with the design needs of the building”.