Telstra courts NBN contracts

Telco trials govt's preferred NBN technology, eyes $5bn-$6bn in contracts

Telstra Corporation (TLS) has created a test site utilising the coalition government's preferred national broadband network technology in a bid to secure billions of dollars in construction contracts, The Australian Financial Review reports.

According to the newspaper, the trial site uses fibre-to-the-node technology from Alcatel-Lucent, with tests commencing just days after the coalition's election win earlier this month.

Experts in the industry estimate Tesltra could stand to win contracts worth between $5 billion and $6 billion if government agrees to put it in charge of the rollout.

"Alcatel-Lucent has been our access network partner for many years and we regularly test technologies with them," a Telstra spokeswoman told the AFR.

Separately, it has has been reported the entire board of NBN Co has submitted their resignations to Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull.