blog As has been widely publicised for a while now, NBN contractor Syntheo has been suffering a greal deal of problems with relation to its rollout of the National Broadband Network’s fibre in the western and central states. So that we can all enter wholesale into yet another orgy of doubt and self-flagellation about the current status of the NBN project, here’s Syntheo’s (very brief) statement this morning that it’s handing back work in the Northern Territory to NBN Co:
“Service Stream advises that Syntheo, a 50/50 joint venture with Lend Lease, has reached agreement with NBN Co to hand back the remainder of its design and construction activities in the Northern Territory. Syntheo is committed to working with NBN Co to complete its work in Western Australia and South Australia.”
Personally I’m not entirely sure what this means, but I think it does play into the ongoing narrative that there just isn’t enough of a skills base in Australia right now to support precisely what NBN Co wants to do in terms of its simultaneous construction effort. I’ve suspected for a while now that it is beginning not to matter whether Australia pursues a fibre to the node- or fibre to the home-style rollout in the short to medium term with the NBN. It is rapidly starting to appear that what really matters for either style of rollout is how — in practice — such a rollout can be achieved with the resources, primarily human resources, at hand.
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