NBN Co recently announced that operators of traffic signals, ATMs and a range of other specialised devices can now connect to select services over the NBN access network through their retail service providers (RSPs).
Network Extensions is a new option designed to extend the availability of select NBN wholesale services to organisations with infrastructure and devices operating outside a residential or business premises location. Typically operated by government and commercial organisations, these types of specialised systems include traffic signals, roadside emergency points, rail boom-gates, street-light controllers, CCTV, stand-alone ATMs, environmental sensors and public transport infrastructure.
Initially available across NBN Co’s Fibre to the Node (FTTN) footprint, Network Extensions will allow infrastructure operators to consolidate their connectivity requirements on the NBN, providing operational simplicity and new opportunities for automation, innovation and IoT.
These applications have historically been connected by a variety of different technologies due to limited network availability and geographical constraints.
A successful trial of building Network Extensions took place with an operator of traffic-management systems, helping to establish the technical requirements, processes and delivery capability to support complex non-premises infrastructure systems. Initially available across the FTTN footprint, there are plans for a future expansion of Network Extensions across other fixed-line technology areas.
Working with infrastructure operators and RSPs, on request NBN Co will assess and evaluate construction requirements to support the connection of approved non-premises locations to the NBN.
Commenting on the initiative, NBN Co Chief Technology Officer, Ray Owen said: “As we reach the final stages of the NBN rollout, Network Extensions highlights how NBN Co is moving to address the needs of different customers to connect and help to lift their digital capability.
“This is a market segment characterised by a wide variety of specialised devices and complex services connected by a range of aging networks and technologies. By bringing this infrastructure onto the NBN, operators have significant potential to simplify their operations and explore new innovation opportunities made possible by high-speed broadband and the emerging world of IoT.”
Full details are available in the Approved Non-Premises List in the Media resources.