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 bowed to industry pressure, announcing that it will drop the connectivity virtual circuit charge for retail service providers by 12.5 percent from February 1 next year.
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.
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.
NBN Co paid AU$330,000 to use project-management methodology in six sites, but only used it in one despite FttP rollout improvements.
It's hard to know which is more interesting: That the NBN Co 2014-17 Corporate Plan readily admits that we still know almost nothing concrete about this government's multi-technology mix rollout, or that a leaked final version of the never-released 2013-16 plan suggests the previous government was indeed getting its act together.
This week, NBN Co commenced construction on its one millionth premises, the company said in a Senate Estimates hearing, where it also revealed that it has yet to gain access to any part of the hybrid fibre-coaxial networks that it expects will make up almost a third of its final footprint.
An unreleased September 2013 draft of NBN Co's 2013-16 Corporate Plan suggests the previous board adjusted for rollout difficulties.
Shadow Communications Minister Jason Clare has said that a future Labor government would be hard pressed to switch back to a fibre-to-the-premises NBN delivery model, but hopes to develop a policy with stakeholders outlining a path to a fibre 'end game'.
Telco equipment manufacturing company Arris is convinced that NBN Co's strategy for HFC networks will work, drawing on overseas examples as evidence.
NBN Co should be split into three different entities down delivery technology lines before the company is privatised, according to the chairman of the Australian competition watchdog, Rod Sims.
The NBN Co corporate plan for 2014 until 2017 has been released, but the company says that due to uncertainty surrounding the project, it cannot forecast with a 'reasonable level of confidence' beyond the next 12 months.
The Australian government's push to make the National Broadband Network a mixture of technologies will likely become a landmark that is followed by other countries, according to Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes.
Philippines telecommunications giant Globe Telecom has indicated that it may choose to use G.fast VDSL technology to reach buildings where legacy copper can't be replaced with fibre and fixed wireless can't cope with demand.
NBN Co has formally ended the plans to roll out fibre to the premises to 93 percent of Australian premises, mandating that fibre to the node should be the default technology choice.