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NBN Co seals deals for build of first FttDP homes

NBN Co has signed three new Design and Construction Master Agreements (DCMA) for the build of approximately 525,000 premises to the National Broadband Network in Sydney and Melbourne.

The company says most of the half a million homes will be served with the NBN latest technology, fibre to the distribution point (FttDP), but some may be connected via fibre-to the-premises, node or basement (FttP/N/B).

The three new agreements announced on Wednesday are with delivery partners Downer EDI, Fulton Hogan Construction and, Service Stream.

NBN Co says the partners were selected based on performance metrics, ability to mobilise and support scale, and their design and construction capability.

The FttDP DCMAs enable NBN Co to issue work releases at the Fibre Serving Area (FSA) level, incorporating single-dwelling units, multi-dwelling units, bespoke premises, distribution and local fibre networks.

NBN Co chief network engineering officer Peter Ryan says the new agreements will support NBN’s “world-leading technology”.

“Importantly, we have the flexibility to deploy other technologies easily over time. The design and construction framework is intended to enable a faster rollout, by providing end-to-end accountability for the footprint.”

NBN Co says the FttDP DCMAs aim to incentivise delivery partners to meet time and cost targets and are designed to encourage ongoing performance improvements through innovation and programme management.

For premises outside the FttDP DCMA footprint, NBN Co is negotiating contract variations with its current Planning and Design Services Agreement (PDSA) and Multi-technology Integrated Master Agreement (MIMA) delivery partners to incorporate the technology.

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