"...and will hit its 2020 deadline for finishing the network build."
and what is the deadline for the chosen technology to be obsolete?
nbn™, the company building and operating Australia’s national broadband network (NBN), has revealed a little more about what it's doing to the hybrid fibre-coax networks it uses for some retail customers. The company spent billions to acquire HFC networks from Australian telcos Optus and Telstra. Optus’ network has been …
Tony Abbot, September 7, 2013: "I want our NBN rolled out within three years and Malcolm Turnbull is the right person to make this happen."
AFR, July 3, 2015: "The 2016 commitment was jettisoned when the Government released its strategic review. Speaking on 7:30 the Minister's excuse was that: "And the fact is that the NBN Co is a much bigger mess than even we had thought it is. We have got to stop the spin. We've got to start telling the truth and have some numbers and forecasts."
Yet in reality the review had found NBN Co in better shape than the Coalition policy assumed, with its worst case scenario falling more than $20 billion short of the April headlines.
Undeterred the Prime Minister in June said: "By the end of the decade, that everyone will have access to, I think, it's 50 megs download speed, or better. So, this is the commitment that we have made and this is the commitment that we will keep."
Unfortunately NBN Co is only guaranteeing minimum speeds of 25Mbps on fibre to the neighbourhood (or node) (FTTN) ..."
Hmm... I guess that means they'll be doing self install kits.
- power drill
- 20m coax cable
- crimping tools
- various connectors
- wall plate
- ikea style 'how to tap the street coax cable, dig a trench, run the coax into the room you want and connect a ntd'
Two people I know living in different cities have had boxes placed on the side of their walls with HFC cables, However the ready date given by NBNCo is not until next year. I would assume that the lead-in to the house is the most significant part of the work.
By installing the lead-in it might be reducing the options for changing the network to FTTC or FTTP prior to completion.
I was sceptical of Labor overbuilding the HFC network and I still don't understand how NBNCo have taken a working network and broken it.
Was the skill in selling a 'failing' network or was the skill in keeping the best frequencies for itself and making NBN take the noisy frequencies at the lower end of the spectrum. It would be funny if it wasn't our money and if it wasn't the same federal government negotiating our international trade deals.
Still got to admire Telstra's balls - sell a failing network to nbn for billions. Then charge billions more to fix it up for them. Genius.
There's a substantial holding of Telstra shares in the Future Fund - that dedicated to paying civil service pensions pot of gold. I'm sure any kicker to the share price didn't go unnoticed.
So, this is the commitment that we have made and this is the commitment that we will keep.
Is that a Core Commitment or just your standard pollie lying one?
and will hit its 2020 deadline for finishing the network build
Last month it was published that nbn Co were half way through the rollout. That gives then 19 months to rollout the last half of the country and by their own admission they have put the too hard ones in the last to do basket. So according to their own words, they are telling us they could have rolled out this mess called NBN in 3 to 4 years.
How long has the COALition be in government?
One thing I’ve found useful - Although it costs - is that you can use a VPN service providing static IP addresses and incoming connections such as VPNUK (for example, although they only surface your endpoint in the UK, US or Italy at the moment) to work around inbound traffic restrictions.
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