Freed from competition by a single-minded government, NBN Co is free to cherry pick to its heart's content, drip feeding its fibre-to-the-basement services to Australia's wealthiest areas. Yet, with so many concessions made to Telstra and so much about the NBN still up in the air, there is still more lost than gained.
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Approximately 6,000 premises in Sydney, Melbourne, and the ACT will be the first to be connected to the NBN via fibre to the basement.
To blame Australia's drop in the Akamai State of the Internet ranking for peak and average broadband speeds on the government's decision to move away from fibre to the premises for the NBN defies reality.
TPG has said that Australian Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull acted too hastily in issuing a draft regulation forcing the company to develop a wholesale product for its fibre-to-the-basement networks.
The New Caledonian incumbent telecommunications company is working with the government to upgrade 65,000 premises on the island to fibre to the premises, because 16Mbps is not enough for the population.
Using DOCSIS 3.1, Comcast has announced plans to offer 1 gigabit per second download speeds over the hybrid fibre-coaxial network in 2015.
TPG has withdrawn its fibre-to-the-basement product from sale temporarily due to not having enough time to make changes in line with Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull's snap new regulation.
BT is looking at delivering fibre into basements as a way to fix up slow broadband in cramped parts of London.
Telstra will design and plan the NBN rollout for fibre to the premises, fibre to the basement, and fibre to the node over the next four years in a deal worth up to AU$390 million.
Telstra will hand over ownership of its copper and hybrid fibre-coaxial networks to NBN Co for the multi-technology mix network under a new deal signed on Sunday.
Under the Australian government's reform of telecommunications regulations, developers and owners of new housing developments will be charged a capped price to connect to the NBN.
Optus has announced the availability of a new data cable broadband bundle for customers that are being serviced by its hybrid fibre-coaxial cable network.
A new ITU standard will bring fibre broadband closer to premises, providing access speeds of 500Mbps to 1Gbps at distances of up to 100m from new distribution points.
The Italian region of Bologna is showing how local councils can help speed up fibre rollouts.
Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said that NBN Co will soon release an audited historical cost per premises passed for the fibre-to-the-home network to show the actual cost of the network rollout up until the multi-technology mix switch.
The Department of Communications and Telstra both warned Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull and NBN Co that the heralded speed test results in the Umina fibre-to-the-node trial may not represent speeds in a full FttN rollout.
Connecting to New Zealand's new Ultra-Fast Broadband network has become cheaper with fixed-price contracts.
The G20 network needed fibre services with more than 15Mbps download speeds to keep delegates, media, and volunteers happy, according to the Australian Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
The Dutch telco has bought out its joint venture partner, becoming sole owner of the fibre broadband provider.
A number of recent acquisitions are showing the importance of fibre, and particularly dark fibre, in determining the future of the cloud.
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