Posted on 02. Jul, 2010 in Victoria

More than 715 jobs will be created in Victoria as part of the $43 billion National Broadband Network (NBN) roll out following the announcement from NBN Co today that NBN’s National Operations and Test Facility (NOTF) will be located in Victoria.

Mr Brumby said the NOTF would employ a total of 425 professional and technical staff and would be the new centre and heart of NBN operations.

“NBN’s decision to locate the NOTF in Victoria will create hundreds of jobs and demonstrate our state’s role as the Australian centre of telecommunications,” Mr Brumby said.

“The NBN will revolutionise broadband technology in Australia and strengthen Victoria’s role as the nation’s technology hub.

“I welcome NBN Co’s decision to locate its most significant technology operations in Victoria, basing at least 425 skilled jobs in the facility over the next eight years, which brings the total to 715 new full-time jobs being created in the state by NBN Co.

“NBN Co’s Engineering and Operations group is located in Elizabeth Street in Melbourne and will accommodate up to 290 staff.

“These jobs are in addition to the thousands of Victorian jobs that will be created during the roll out of the fibre throughout the state.

“Basing the key technological facilities of the new NBN entity in Melbourne will capitalise on Victoria’s major telecommunications strengths for the benefit of the whole country.”

Mr Brumby said the NOTF would include the Network Services Operations Centre from which the NBN network would be monitored and managed, services activated, faults detected and which will operate as a test facility for service providers.

“NBN Co’s choice to base the Network Services Operations Centre in Melbourne is a clear affirmation of Victoria’s expertise in the telecommunications and technology sectors,” he said.

“This will be the nerve centre operating the roll out of the $43 billion national network over the next eight years.”

Mr Brumby said today’s announcement demonstrated not only that Victoria was Australia’s technology hub, but also the home for research.

“The NBN will fundamentally transform the telecommunications landscape of Australia and the effect on communities, individuals and business in the coming years will be profound,” he said.

“Victoria’s research and technical capabilities are some of the finest in Australia with centres that include the IBES for testing and developing of applications, the Telstra Integration Lab and Global Operating Centre residing here.”

Victoria is home to Australia’s highest proportion of skilled ICT workers in Australia – employing around 87,000 people including 22,000 in the telecommunications sub-sector.

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