April 23, 2010 - THE National Broadband Network, announced by the Federal Government last year, could use infrastructure projects like the electricity smart meter, an adviser for the network said yesterday.

NBN Co would spend $43 billion building a broadband fibre network to provide wholesale telecommunications services in Australia.

The biggest cost would be the passive infrastructure,  and one way to limit costs would be for council or government workers installing electricity smart meters to also install NBN equipment.

The Ministerial Council on Energy estimates the cost of installing the meters would be covered by the savings from more efficient electricity distribution.

NBN Co was in talks with infrastructure providers that owned duct and piping networks such as Telstra or companies who were planning to build ducts. A request for capability statements from companies or consortiums to build the fibre network expires next week.