The general manager of Opticomm's infrastructure division, Phil Smith, told iTWire that "We have a target of March to have at least trials running and once those are completed we hope to have multiple hundreds of customer connections by July."
He said that Opticomm was building the PoI for retail ISPs in Aurora Energy's Cambridge data centre which will also house the fibre access node or Midway Point. "The backhaul is being built to the other two towns and we will build fibre access nodes in each of those towns fairly shortly."
He added: "We have had all the operations guys from [the mainland] NBN Co through our facilities doing audits on our OSS/BSS and they are very happy with what we are doing everything is falling into place very well."
In addition to ISPs which have announced their intent to use the Tas NBN, Smith said: "a couple of others are waiting in the wings." iTWire believes that Primus, iiNet and Internode have all stated their intent to be retail ISP customers of the Tasmanian NBN.
Opticomm manages its various FTTH rollouts from a network operations centre in Perth and Smith said a second NOC was being set up in Tasmania, which will share management of the Tasmanian Network with the Perth NOC to make use of the different time zones in providing 24 x 7 operation.
Primus will also have another role in the network, Smith said. It presently houses the Opticomm OSS/BSS in its data centre and provides all the links between this and the points of Interconnect around the country for Opticomm's FTTH networks. This role wil be extended to the network being installed for Tas NBN Co.
Backhaul of the FTTH network in Tasmanian will be provided by Aurora Energy under contract to NBN Tasmania.