The National Broadband Network (NBN) is Australia's proposed wholesale, open-access fibre-to-the-premises data network. Controversial from the moment of its inception, the NBN always manages to generate interesting debate on the future of communications.
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NBN Co has said that the annual cost of powering the nodes in the multi-technology mix will be cheaper than the capital cost of rolling out fibre to the premises.
NBN Co CEO Bill Morrow has said there is no conspiracy over fibre savings with the company reviewing the outcome of a trial of new fibre deployment technology and methods implemented in a trial in Victoria that was leaked to media earlier this month.
New Zealand's fibre to the premises and building rollout has beat its June target for premises passed by the fibre network.
In her memoir, former prime minister Julia Gillard has said while the fibre to the premises National Broadband Network had implementation issues, the ultimate goal of the project was "absolutely right".
Telstra CEO David Thodey has said TPG's decision to rollout fibre to the basement in competition with the NBN is not a threat to the telecommunications giant.
TPG has reported a jump in yearly profit by 15 percent as the company plans to offer services on its fibre to the basement product this month in direct competition with the NBN.
It wasn't too long ago that the Coalition was claiming that it would cost AU$3,600 per premises to build an FttP NBN. With NBN Co savings dropping per-premises costs towards AU$1,000, there's a valid argument that the Strategic Review and cost-benefit analysis no longer represent FttP's costs correctly.
A year into the job, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull says he is worried that some believe every Australian town can be a Silicon Valley with fibre to the premises, as he insists there is no money being saved in the fibre rollout.
The rollout of the national broadband network is gaining momentum but is slower than it should be, NBN Co chairman Ziggy Switkowski says.
NBN Co has said that it is incorporating new fibre deployment methods to cut the cost and time of the rollout, which originated from an internal program known as Project Fox.
NBN Co is working to reduce the backlog of premises unable to order a service on the fibre network, with a new contract signed with Universal Communications Group.
NBN Co won't be forced to use a percentage of fibre to the node or fibre to the premises just because that was what the strategic review said, according to CEO Bill Morrow.
NBN Co CEO Bill Morrow has said that should TPG roll out fibre networks along with Telstra and Optus in competition with the NBN, it would undermine the business model for the company.
Australia's competition watchdog will not prevent telecommunications company TPG from rolling out fibre to the basement in metropolitan areas directly in competition with NBN Co.