Smart Places program targets infrastructure

Monday, 27 June, 2022

Smart Places program targets infrastructure

NBN Co says new research shows that four out of five buyers expect an nbn connection in their newly built home, a demand that has seen the company expand offerings to support the development of smart properties, communities and cities. 

The nbn Smart Places pilot program has been running at 35 locations nationally, utilising miniaturised and ruggedised reverse-powered network connection devices to deliver the nbn to demanding outdoor locations that aren’t serviceable using standard equipment. Pilot applications include traffic lights, EV charging stations, public parks and skate parks, as well as in conjunction with the operation of water infrastructure.

The trials have been deemed a success, meaning that, as of June 2022, developers can now place orders for the construction of the infrastructure as part of a property development project, provided construction is targeted for after 1 January 2023.

NBN Co says this will give developers an edge, both in terms of managing costs and complexities, as well as attracting buyers and tenants that are increasingly aware of the value of broadband infrastructure when choosing their newly built property.

As individuals and businesses now expect fast, reliable and secure broadband outside the four walls of their homes and business premises, Australia must embrace the potential of smart buildings, communities and cities, as well as the world of possibilities created by the Internet of Things (IoT).

NBN Co’s Executive General Manager, New Developments, Andrew Walsh, said the nbn team works closely with developers to understand how they can best deliver.

“Developers have told us they want broadband infrastructure partners who save or make them money, are easy to build and work with, deliver reliably to their schedules, and add value to their projects. So that’s exactly what we are working to deliver,” he said.

“We want to provide a product that delivers now and for the future; a product that we build once, build right and build at the right price; a product that adds real and enduring value to the developer and their customers, the buyers and renters,” he said.

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