NBN Co's pragmatism puts Telstra in the box seat

The deal struck between NBN Co and Telstra in NSW and Queensland will allow the formerly excluded telco to play a key role in the NBN, with the potential to generate extra value for users and taxpayers.

The $150 million-plus deal NBN Co and Telstra announced today for a large-scale pilot project for fibre-to-the-node infrastructure in NSW and Queensland is inconsequential in the context of both the national broadband network and Telstra itself. It is, however, quite symbolic.

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