The company responsible for building the National Broadband Network, nbn, is seeking for an expression of interest from manufacturers of “Distribution Point Units” used to power a Fibre to the Distribution Point (FTTdp) network.
FTTdp is similar to the Fibre to the Node technology preferred by the current Government. It enables faster speeds by bringing the fibre closer to the end user’s premises (often described as “fibre to the curb”).
In its request (found online on its tenders website), the company outlines the key requirements of interfacing with nbn‘s existing GPON solution as well as being able to power the unit from the premises it services.
- Is designed to be typically deployed at a deeper delivery point in the nbn™ network, than can be otherwise achieved through current nbn™ xDSL technologies
- Delivers nbn™ services into the premises over a pair in the existing copper lead-in cable via an xDSL interface
- Is powered from the premises over the same copper pair used to carry service into the premises
- Connects back towards the Point of Interconnect (POI) via nbn’s existing FTTP GPON solution
nbn expects to use Fibre to the Distribution Point (FTTdp) technology to service areas with longer copper loop lengths where Fibre to the Node cannot ordinarily deliver minimum download speeds of 25 Mbps.
Expression of interest closes on the 22 January 2016.