September 2014 New developments industry newsletter

Message from GM of New Developments

NBN Co is happy to announce that we had met our targets for the end of the Financial Year (FY14) including passing more than 111,000 Greenfields premises with almost 46,000 of these premises activated.

NBN Co Chief Executive Officer, Bill Morrow said: "Our goal is to deliver fast and reliable broadband to all Australians enabling the nation to benefit from an increasingly digital future.

"We are proud of the momentum and the progress we have made to stabilise the rollout. At 30 June 2014, the network had been made ready for service for 658,000 premises, we had activated more than 210,000 homes and businesses and had made substantial steps in our transformation strategy."

Mr Morrow noted: "I'm pleased to say revenue targets have been met and our expenditure has been managed within targets."
Our eNews seeks to provide developers and builders with an awareness of the requirements for supporting their new development with NBN fibre. In this issue we provide details on the new and improved NBN Co Website, introduction of the Assisted Drafting Tool’s online course, our new online portal designed to enable a more seamless and efficient pre-install request, updates to our 'Key Information for Builders and Cablers' flyer to include details on the Lead-in Conduit requirements, and we conclude with a reminder that Optional Battery Backup will be mandatory for all NBN Co Customers for fibre services on the 2nd October 2014 giving end users a choice for an install of the power supply 'with' or 'without' the battery back-up.

We always welcome your comments and suggestions and trust you'll find this issue of use.

Julian Nachmias
General Manager, New Developments
Managed Network Deployment

New NBN Co Website

The new site has been designed to make it easier for families and businesses to find out when they can connect to the NBN. Navigational improvements such as promoting the address lookup tool make key information more accessible, while our wholesale customers and interested parties, such as developers, builders and councils, are expected to benefit from more clearly organised content.

It's an innovative design, which is fully responsive across all devices. This means that whether you're applying for Fibre on an iPad or helping residents to find their address on our rollout maps on your phone, it’s designed to give you the same consistent web experience.


Assisted Drafting Tool – Online Course!

The Assisted Drafting Tool (ADT) is designed to assist in aligning New Developments Pit and Pipe designs to NBN Co’s AutoCAD drafting and database compatibility requirements. The course provides Developers and or their representatives (i.e. Design Consultants) with information about the NBN Co drafting guidelines and the AutoCAD ADT commands required to create and submit New Development Pit and Pipe designs.

Learning Objectives:

After completing the course, participants will have the information required to be able to:

  • Load and prepare the Assisted Drafting Tool (ADT) for AutoCAD.
  • Understand NBN Co drafting requirements.
  • Use the ADT commands to complete NBN Co New Developments Pit and Pipe designs.
  • Apply NBN Co AutoCAD drafting and database consistency requirements to create designs for New Developments.

Pre-Install Request Online Portal Now Available!

The NEW online automation portal for NTD Pre-Installation requests is now live!

The new portal allows for an online submission of the NTD Pre-Install request/s for New Development sites. These requests will be received and processed automatically allowing for a smoother and faster process.

We encourage builders, developers, authorised representatives and other persons in control of new development sites to request a pre-installation of the NBN in-home equipment. This approach is expected to minimise disruption to residents moving into their new homes and simplifies the developer's project and site management activities.

Pre-installation of the NBN in-home equipment should be arranged to take place at least 20 days ahead of the estimated home completion date, so that once residents have moved in all they need to do is contact their preferred Retail Service Provider (RSP) to get connected to the NBN. The pre-installation will take approximately 1 hour and there is currently no cost from NBN Co associated with this.

Submit a request via the online portal to arrange Pre-Installation of the NBN in-home equipment.

The following information will be required:

  • Confirmation that you have the authority of all owners and occupiers to make this request
  • Confirmation that you have the agreement of all owners and occupiers to waive their right to be given notice by NBN Co of the pre-installation under Schedule 3 of the Telecommunications Act 1997
  • Premises address or addresses
  • Development estate name and stage number
  • Confirmation that power is available
  • Date by which the premises will be at secure/lock-up stage
  • Estimated completion or handover date
  • Confirmation that a 'Lead-in Conduit' has been installed in accordance with NBN Co guidelines
  • Preferred installation date
  • Confirmation that estimated completion/handover to the resident will not occur until after the preferred installation date
  • 'Onsite' contact and confirmation that you have permission to submit the contact’s details

Please note: All NTD Pre-Installation Requests are subject to available resourcing – please refer to the NTD Pre-Install Terms and Conditions for more information.

If you have any questions on the Pre-Install process, please read our FAQs.

Key Info for Builders/Cablers Flyer Update

Where developers choose to engage NBN Co to install fibre in their new development, it is important that the homes, while under construction, are prepared in accordance with NBN Co's requirements. This will ensure that the equipment required to deliver the network can be successfully installed within a dwelling.

NBN Co's 'Key Information for Builders/Cablers' flyer has been developed to outline the key requirements for preparing a home correctly for the NBN. This flyer has been updated to include details of the Lead-in Conduit and is available for you to pass on to your contractors engaged on your Development

Download your copy (PDF)

Optional Battery Backup Implemented 2nd Oct 2014

The Optional Battery Backup framework will be fully implemented from 2 October 2014. End users will be asked by their chosen Retail Service Provider at 'service activation' stage whether they want their NBN fibre installation to be provided with a battery backup.

Retail Service Providers are required to:

  • provide the end user with an opportunity to make a choice whether to order the service with battery backup for the NBN equipment. The exception is where the end user receives a Priority Assistance service, in which case a battery backup unit will be installed; and
  • record and retain the decision of the occupant

Builders for both SDUs and MDUs will need to ensure when identifying the area for installation of NBN equipment that there is enough space for a battery backup unit, to account for the future needs of a resident. All requirements are stated in our Building Design Guides: New Developments and the NBN Co Residential Preparation and Installation Guide: SDUs and MDUs.

When requesting a pre-installation for NBN Co equipment to take place after 2nd October 2014 onwards, you can nominate the pre-installation of a standard power supply or the power supply with battery backup. In most cases, a standard power supply is recommended for pre-installations unless you are aware that the first occupant will require battery backup capability. If you select the standard power supply, future occupants can still have the power supply with battery backup fitted later which can be arranged by their Retail Service Provider at no cost and their service activation can still proceed. However if a power supply with battery backup is fitted first, and the first occupant does not require the battery backup service, the equipment will not be uninstalled by NBN Co.

As a result, NBN Co recommends in the first instance, for pre-installations, a standard power supply is installed and battery backup should only be considered where it is known the occupant will require the capability.