Hard to follow
It's not clear that the first sentence "fibre to the premises is essential" is supported by the article, which instead seems to indicate that a fibre-to-the-node network is essential -- and that a vender-neutral fibre-to-the-premises network is a business opportunity for VHA.
Which is disappointing. I'd be interested in an article that teased out the differences, and offered some detail.
VHA doesn't have any network-to-the premises cabability, so NBNs network to the premises is a big step for them.
VHA and Optus are both trialing femtocell technology.