Quigley Lands Major FTTP Role
The Australian government's plan to build a national next-generation fixed broadband access network was given a major boost over the weekend when former Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) executive Mike Quigley was put in charge of the A$43 billion (US$35.3 billion) fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) project. (See Quigley Named NBN Chief and Australia Unveils $31B FTTP Plan.)
Quigley, who left AlcaLu in 2007, resurfaced early this year as a board member of Australian startup Audinate Pty Ltd . (See Former AlcaLu Exec Quigley Resurfaces.)
Now, though, he's taken on the very high-profile position of executive chairman of the "company established to deliver the National Broadband Network (NBNCo)."
The Australian government's attempts to bring widespread, high-speed, fiber-based broadband to the majority of its citizens has been dogged by controversy and political name-calling, so the appointment of Quigley will come as welcome respite to those looking for some stability and progress. (See Aussie Minister Thunders at NBN Critics.)
Quigley was highly regarded during his time as a senior executive at Alcatel and then Alcatel-Lucent, commanding fierce loyalty and respect from those who worked with him. That important personal quality, plus his knowledge of broadband technologies and the Australian telecom market, should help him attract and build a well qualified team for the NBNCo.
The government noted in its press release announcing Quigley's appointment that "few people in the world have first-hand experience with the deployment of the type of network our National Broadband Network plan involves. Mike is one of those people... Mike is also known for his energy and values. These will be crucial as he builds this fundamental national infrastructure for this generation and the next. The Government is delighted that an Australian executive of the international calibre of Mr Quigley has agreed to take this vital role."
— Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading