Communications Alliance proposes technical standards for the NBN

Communications Alliance, the peak body for the Australian communications industry, today released a draft overview of technical standards for the National Broadband Network.

Titled National Broadband Network – Overview of Technical Standards, the draft identifies local and international standards and industry documents that can assist in the design and rollout of the NBN and its delivery of Layer 2 wholesale services. 

The paper also covers technical issues including:

  • The relevance of the ongoing work of key standards bodies to the NBN (including Broadband Forum, Metro-Ethernet Forum, and the ITU-T);
  • The characteristics of competing access technologies (EPON and GPON); and
  • Standards that will assist the NBN to support IPv6 and be secure, robust, environmentally sustainable and future-proof.

The paper was developed as part of the Communications Alliance NBN Project by the Technical working group.  It builds on earlier NBN Project outcomes including the proposed NBN Reference Architecture and NBN Wholesale Service Definition Framework – Ethernet.

Communications Alliance CEO Anne Hurley said: “The Communications Alliance NBN Project now involves over 168 people from 57 separate organisations.  As we saw from the recent NBN Industry Connection Forums we held in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney, there is a high-level of commitment to this project throughout the industry and its work is proving very valuable to NBN Co.

“The Overview of Technical Standards is the latest outcome of the Project and one that we hope will inspire further discussion and debate as to the appropriate technical operating framework for the NBN.  I would like to congratulate the Technical working group on their delivery of a comprehensive and informative paper and thank them for their significant contribution to the NBN Project,” Ms Hurley said.

The draft National Broadband Network – Overview of Technical Standards is available from the Communications Alliance website at:

Communications Alliance invites interested parties to comment on the draft.  Submissions are due by 5pm on Friday 12 March 2010 and responses to the paper will be published on the Communications Alliance website.

The Communications Alliance NBN Project was established in July 2009 and includes seven working groups: NBN Reference Model; Wholesale Services; Early Stage Deployments; End User Premises; Operational; Technical; and End User Migration. 

Communications Alliance recently published Release 1 versions of its NBN Reference Architecture and NBN Wholesale Service Definition Framework – Ethernet papers following the public comment process.  It has also published a draft 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