NBN roll-out in action: Kiama

NBN roll-out in action: Kiama

Summary: Work is well underway in putting fibre in the ground of the first mainland roll-out sites for the Federal Government's $37.5 billion National Broadband Network project. ZDNet Australia took a trip to one of the sites to see how the project was unfolding.

TOPICS: Broadband, NBN

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  • (Credit: Josh Taylor/ZDNet Australia)

    Transfield services has been selected for this stage of the roll-out and has set up temporary offices in the centre of town in Kiama while construction is underway.

  • (Credit: Josh Taylor/ZDNet Australia)

    The site covers approximately 27,000 metres of fibre. Transfield had already completed around 24,000 metres as of December 2010.

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    Of the 27,000, 4698 metres of trenched fibre will be laid out in the site.

Topics: Broadband, NBN


Armed with a degree in Computer Science and a Masters in Journalism, Josh keeps a close eye on the telecommunications industry, the National Broadband Network, and all the goings on in government IT.

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  • This is great! Not living very far at all from Kiama, it is great to see the rollout is actually happening! Well, testing anyway. I'm 99% happy with my BigPond ADSL2+ at the moment, anyway.
  • Big deal, I expect NBN Co execs sit watch and pick up the glory at tax payers expense.

    This is what I call inhouse deployment on a grand and historical scale.


    Vasso Massonic
  • Check out the size of the new 22mm thick 312 core fibre cabling compared to Telstra's old world 12 core fibre cable on page 4. Look at the extra fibre lengths that can be used in future emergency splicing situations. Compare the miniature, totally passive, and powerless FTTH cabinets shown on page 14 to the noisy, power hungry, heat generating, fan cooled, battery operated and maintenance intensive FTTN cabinets that would exist on every street if the government had not created NBNCo (http://www.zdnet.com.au/photos-inside-telstra-s-nodes_p2-339293663.htm#vp). NBNCo is actually delivering what no private company would ever consider on its own. Roll on the NBN.
  • True, but check out $5.6 billion, courtesy Telstra shareholders. To the $50 billion, courtesy Australian tax payers, and decade of lapsed time.
    Vasso Massonic
  • again I ask (as you conveniently ignored) my question relating to your current daily bagging of the NBN in another thread here at ZD. Where does this endless NBN bagging fit in with this statement you made at Telstra exchange, last year -

    Mr. Massonic. "...I still firmly believe the NBN is the Best thing for Telstra and Shareholders in the long run.. To do anything else is sheer folly”… {END}.
  • After the fibre rollout is complete in 2019 and after it is scheduled to have payed back the entire $27B of debt funding, NBNCo will turn into a $5B annual cash cow for the government and will create a nice little private enterprise. Australia will have the largest, most advanced, pervasive and upgradeable FTTP network in the world. Questions ?
  • @ $27B, I'd agree but the number is almost twice that. lots will happen between now and 2019. Were are in Australia not Utopia.
    Vasso Massonic
  • $ 27B............please explain ?
  • According to page 23 of NBNCo's 2011-2013 corporate plan (http://nbnexplained.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/NBNCo-Corporate-Plan-2011-2013.pdf), only $27.5B of government funding is required over the entire project. The remaining costs are bourne by the $20B in revenue NBNCo will receive from the wholesale service out to 2020, and $13B private equity funding. These figures include the $13B Telstra pit, duct and exchange space deal currently under negotiation. Every cent of government funding ($2.75B per year for 10 years) gets payed back. We are in Australia, we deserve the best and we can afford it.
  • Excellent if financiers believe in fairy tales.

    Peak Funding Requirement $50 billion.

    Offset by company 'revenue', at some stage, amounting to $20 billion and future tax receipts from Telstra's compensation payout sum ( $13 billion + $2.5 billion tax content) = $27.5B of government funding required over the entire project.

    Try raising a bean on the basis of the above.
    Vasso Massonic
  • Where does your latest, NBN bagging sit within the below comment.

    Mr. Massonic. "...I still firmly believe the NBN is the Best thing for Telstra and Shareholders in the long run.. To do anything else is sheer folly”… {END}.

    I see you are again promoting folly - ah deja vu - NWAT circa 2005!
  • You follow me around with a silly C&P which bears no relation to what we are currently discussing.

    NBN is, in theory, a top notch network if taxpayers can afford the price tag and wiling to take the technological chance of success on its final completion ten long years hence.

    The basis of my remark, pertains to the fact that it was an opportune time for Telstra management to consider shedding the near obsolete copper netwok requiring expensive maintenance and ceasing to be responsible for the ludicrous Universal Service Obligation and receive just compensation. - If the Rudd/Gillard Government are brainless enough to take the plunge. So be it. But, all be it, the very sad state of affairs in Queensland may now bring them to their senses.

    Vasso Massonic
  • The state of affairs in Qld, I'm sure we can all agree is tragic. Sadly, Tony Abbott has been more concerned with making cheap political points regarding the NBN and Alcatel, than actually being genuinely concerned, IMHO!

    Now, I do not follow you around (but, oh how quickly we, well you, forget just why I got involved in comms commenting, the first place). However, your imo, at best misguided and at worst TLS shareytale driven tainte views, needs to be corrected constantly, I'm afraid.

    As for NBN affordability, it has been proven beyond doubt, that we can not only afford it, but unlike almost all other government expenditure, it will actually pay itself off...! Please refer to vandermast's most informative comments above...

    The more apt question should be "can we afford" NOT to build it? Think (even once) about that, and I quote from you above - "the near obsolete copper network requiring expensive maintenance"...!

    So do you stick by you original comment or not? If so, why all this incessant, SHEER FOLLY... LOL?

    NWAT has been closed for quite sometime - obviously, old dog/new tricks = no!
  • There you go again. More repetitive bumph.
    Vasso Massonic
  • vandermast, this may change your outlook on the NBN finasncials.

    Vasso Massonic
  • Mr Massonic, normally I would fire back!

    Considering that for no reason but to avoid scrutiny, you simply named called (subsequently deleted) and ran!

    You desperately avoid scrutiny of your previous comment, which compared to your current comments, is contradictory… a strange trait common to both the NBN FUDster and NWAT/TLS minion (wow, what a pedigree, you just happen to be both)!

    As witnessed by your subsequent reply (since deletion of the first) you have now been forced to tone down your childish quip, but still “conveniently”, avoid scrutiny of your laughable contradictions…

    However, with tragic circumstances sadly at our nation’s door, me; taking reciprocal pot shots (at the dishonest and greedy) even when obviously deserved, is counter-productive at this sad juncture.
  • Just in case the Liberal fan boys are blogging here I have a slight suggestion in Productivity,while we are rolling out the NBN which from a laymans point of view has long term value in spite of the initial outlay, the suggestion is this, while the actual physical task of establishing this infrastructure is occuring why not not use the the same means being used to install the NBN to also establish an underground electricity network using the same equipment in situ we could concurrently achieve two major infrastructure targets intstead of one. Is this a hard ask?.
  • wow VM an "independant" opinion piece from The Australian about NBN. You really are scraping the bottom of the barrel for authority
  • @azaz, that's nothing, vasmas was Telstra's #1 supporter at NWAT (having TLS shares which he truly believes are more precious than life itself and that Australia's comms should revolve around) and would come to forums like these and copy/paste propagandist BS, from the Amigos/NWAT and claim them as factual.

    Seriously, to this day, because the ridiculous lies perpetrated by the previous Telstra management fell in line with greed is good, I'm certain he still completely believes "everything" he ever read at NWAT, LOL!