Brisbane scraps sewer fibre stinker

i3 Asia Pacific negotiations break down, the Lord Mayor reveals

Brisbane City Council has scrapped the company slated to roll out fibre to home through the city’s sewer pipes, according to reports published this week.

First announced in July last year, the network was scheduled to be installed from early this year by i3 Asia Pacific and would be rolled out to 15,000 homes per month through a microtrenching installation method.

The project progressed in October with official plans to go ahead, but Brisbane Lord Mayor, Campbell Newman, this week told the Council chamber that negotiations had broken down with the construction firm.

"We are not happy, in fact, with the progress of the i3 group and we will not be proceeding with them," Newman reportedly told the chamber, according to The Courier Mail.

"The reason I state that we don't wish to proceed with i3... is because... when we're doing our due diligence we are not happy with what i3 have put on the table,” he reportedly said. “We're not being kept up-to-date with all the things that we should have."

According to Newman, the plan hadn't been scrapped but the council would continue negotiations with other potential firms to begin construction.

In Senate estimate hearings held this week communications minister, Senator Stephen Conroy, used the Brisbane project as an example of the continued rollout of competitive fibre to the National Broadband Network.

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