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Victorian company trusts in Isuzu for NBN rollout

Completing the National Broadband Network (NBN), widely considered the largest technology project in Australian history, is a major logistical challenge.

According to Neil Herbert, co-founder of Victorian company, NDN Communications, transporting and laying the cable that will provide the next step in Internet connectivity and speed for Australia therefore requires “businesses that are unafraid of responsibility”.

“I’ve had over 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, and we established NDN Communications two years ago due to the increasing workload we had laying cable for the NBN,” Herbert explained – adding he recently expanded his business to tackle all facets of the construction process.

Part of the expansion is the addition of an Isuzu NPR 55-155 Premium Tradepack to the company fleet.

“We bought the Tradepack because it’s great for hauling loads, and after the NBN’s completion we’re planning on staying within the industry,” he explained, adding the new truck will have to haul up to three tonnes of cable at a time.

The NPR 55-155 is rated at 5,500kg GVM, with an engine producing 114kW at 2,600 rpm and 419Nm between 1,600 and 2,600 rpm, and enough load capacity and grunt to meet all of NDN’s requirements, Herbert said.

“One of the main reasons we bought it was the truck’s mobility, it’s always useful in tight locations,” he said.

“Don, our driver, raves about the turning circle, it’s one of his favourite features.”

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