Help needed: NBN Co calls consultants for strategic review
NBN co issued a request for proposals for consultants to provide expert advice and skills for a strategic review.
NBN Co will on Thursday begin inviting consultants to help its board conduct the 60-day strategic review promised by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull prior to the election.
While NBN Co's board and executives are responsible for the review now due in just 46 days, the company on Thursday issued a request for proposals to a "select number of consultants" to provide expert advice and skills. NBN Co expects to announce the winning consultancies next week.
"The strategic review is a comprehensive exercise led by NBN Co to determine how best to provide access to very fast broadband to all Australians as soon, as cost-effectively, and as affordably as possible. While the review is underway, construction of the network continues," executive chair Ziggy Switskowski said.
"The strategic review is due to be submitted to the company's shareholder ministers, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Finance Minister Matthias Cormann, in early December."
The results would be used in the 2014-17 Corporate Plan, which is due to be delivered to the Government in the first half of next year, Dr Switkowski added.
A spokesman for NBN Co said the review would benefit from the assistance of expert consultants.
The strategic review was one of four inquiries that Mr Turnbull wants to do before deciding how to proceed with the NBN rollout. This review focuses on NBN Co's current operational and financial performance, and "timing, financials and product offers under alternative models of delivering very fast broadband to homes and businesses across Australia".
The other reviews include a 90-day study of broadband availability and quality in Australia to be conducted by the Department of Communications, a cost benefit analysis to be done by independent consultants, and an independent audit into NBN Co's governance and how the government-owned enterprise was set up.
Given the timing of the reviews and holiday breaks, decisions about any changes to the rollout are unlikely to be made now until next year.