BT's Galvin Joins NBN Co

Written by CDN     25/10/2013 | 09:43 | Category: INDUSTRY

SYDNEY - A senior British Telecom executive is the latest to be hired by NBN Co executive chairman Ziggy Switkowski to advise on NBN rollout matters - and may be under consideration as a future NBN Co CEO.

BTThe executive is Mike Galvin MD of BT's Openreach infrastructure division who has been heading +a ?2.5 billion fibreoptic rollout by BT that aims to connect 19 million homes and businesses in the UK by early 2014.

The rollout uses a mix of fibre-to-the-node and fibre-to-the-premises technologies.Galvin pictured is now on a two-week secondment to Australia to consult with both NBN Co executive chairman Ziggy Switkowski and Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull according to a Financial Review report.

The move has not been announced publicly by NBN Co unlike the recent hiring of former Telstra execs JB Rousselot and Justin Milne.

According to the Fin, Turnbull consulted with Galvin as he sought to form the Coalition's NBN policy.Galvin has also been fingered as a potential chief executive of NBN Co replacing Switkowski in his executive role according to the Fin - though it also says industry experts suggest his lack of local industry knowledge could hamper that move.