Communications Industry to Kick-off 2010 with NBN Forums

NBN Co to present at Communications Alliance Industry Connection #4 in February

Communications Alliance, the peak body for the Australian communications industry, will host the fourth series of NBN Industry Connection Forums in February.  

NBN Industry Connection #4 will include presentations by Paul Brooks, NBN Lead Consultant for Communications Alliance, on the organisation’s NBN Project including critical issues relating to End User Premises, and by NBN Co on recent developments and the Company’s consultation paper on wholesale fibre bitstream products.

The Forums will be held in Sydney, Melbourne, and for the first time, Perth.  The Perth Forum will be co-presented by the State’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry and will also feature a presentation by Michael Malone, CEO of iiNet, on the key challenges and opportunities for ISPs in the NBN environment.  NBN Co will be represented by Matthew Lobb in Perth, Gary McLaren in Melbourne, and Christy Boyce in Sydney.

According to Communications Alliance CEO Anne Hurley, the Forums are meeting the need for collaboration and information sharing among the industry.

“This year will be a critical one for the NBN and Communications Alliance is hitting the ground running with our fourth NBN Industry Connection series in February.  We are delighted NBN Co will once again present to the Forums and we are excited to be hosting our first Perth NBN Forum as part of the upcoming series. 

“The industry enthusiastically welcomed the opportunity to table and debate key issues at our NBN Industry Connection Forums in 2009.  We are continuing the series in 2010 to provide regular opportunities for collaboration and information as our NBN Project progresses and the NBN itself begins to take shape,” Ms Hurley commented.

NBN Industry Connection #4 will be held in Perth on 2 February, Melbourne on 4 February, and Sydney on 9 February.

Industry participants are invited to register for the Forums at:

The NBN Industry Connection Forum series was launched by Communications Alliance in May 2009 to facilitate the industry’s contribution to the NBN.  Following the inaugural Forum, Communications Alliance established the industry’s NBN Project which has now released three draft papers: NBN Reference Architecture; NBN Wholesale Service Definition Framework – Ethernet; and National Broadband Network End User Premises Installation, Distribution, Testing and Associated Practice Handbook.


Communications Alliance is the peak body for the Australian communications industry.  It presents a unified voice for its members in public policy, facilitates industry solutions to industry issues, and provides up-to-date information on industry issues.  Communications Alliance is also leading the industry's response to the National Broadband Network implementation.  For further information see