Australia’s $3-billion national broadband network (nbn) is facing a unique attack from cockatoos.
Australia’s nbn was established in 2009 to design, build, and operate Australia’s new high-speed, wholesale local-access broadband network.
Nbn’s key objective is to ensure all Australians have access to fast broadband as soon as possible at affordable prices.
The network is now under attack from an unlikely, yet “very Australian”, adversary – cockatoos.
According to the nbn, cockatoos have caused devastating damage by chewing on power and fibre cables strung from the nbn’s 2,000 fixed-wireless towers.
The damage caused by the cockatoos has cost the nbn around $80,000 in repair bills to date.
“The damage by cockatoos is both disruptive and expensive to repair, with replacements for damaged power and fibre cables costing up to $10,000 each,” said nbn.
“They are constantly sharpening their beaks and as a result will attack and tear apart anything they come across. Unfortunately, they’ve developed a liking to our cables.”
There is an easy solution to the problem, however, with nbn hoping to avoid more costly repair bills. The plan is to install small UV-stable canisters on fixed-wireless towers.
UV-stable canisters encase cable ends and keep them out of reach of the cockatoos.
The canisters – which cost $14 – are in the process of being installed at all new nbn fixed-wireless sites.