Telstra's NBN role may grow: report

Telco pursuing pilot fibre-to-the-node rollout, may lead to more NBN work.

Telstra (TLS) may yet be a significant player in the construction of the national broadband network as it prepares for a pilot fibre-to-the-node project to begin later this year, according to The Australian Financial Review.

The pilot plan would see the telco install over 300 node cabinet units, although a deal has not yet been reached between Telstra and NBN Co.

The report suggested that a successful pilot would see Telstra play a major role in the fibre-to-the-node rollout from 2015, though any agreement will be separate to the $11.2 billion deal it is currently renegotiating with NBN Co.

“This would absolutely help [Telstra’s construction] chances. The other civil works companies may provide some competition but I see Telstra as being in the box seat here,” Ovum research director David Kennedy told the AFR.