NBN has purchased over 61,000kms of copper and six times as much optical fibre | ZDNet

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The company responsible for Australia’s National Broadband Network has once again disclosed how much copper it has purchased in its stock. However, this time, NBN decided that it would add the amount of fiber optics as additional information.

“As of October 26, 2021, NBN co has purchased 361,451.33 kilometers of fiber optics,” he said in Senate Estimate Questions about the notice.

“The relatively small amount of copper purchased (61,102km) is largely used to connect the new fiber optic to existing legacy networks.”

In October 2015, NBN started with 1,800kms of copper, subsequently increased to 15,000kms and 16,600kms, and in February 2019 it was at almost 30,000kms.

NBN has previously said that copper is used for links between existing pillars and new nodes, as well as extensions in fiber-to-curb (FttC) deployments for inputs to reach the FttC distribution point unit.

Last week, NBN revealed that it replaced 21,000 FttC connection devices in the six weeks through mid-November, as lightning continued to fry the boxes.

On Monday, NBN released its second sustainability report and committed to purchasing 100% renewable energy by December 2025, as well as having 20% ​​renewable energy, around 80 GWh annually, by the end of fiscal year 2023. It also said that it would reduce energy use. at 25GWh annually for the next four years, and would use electric or hybrid vehicles where it could by 2030.

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