By James Hutchinson – [Australia] The network operator plans to begin a public information campaign in the selected areas — some of the first to get NBN fiber connections as part of the roll out — as it counts down 18 months until most copper services in fiber-connected areas are switched off.
A total of 25,000 premises are expected to be affected by the move, which was a part of the $9 billion agreement between Telstra and NBN Co.
The 18-month timeframe also includes exceptions for business-grade copper services like ISDN and frame-relay, which will be disconnected after three years instead, according to NBN Co’s head of product management and industry relations, Jim Hassell. more> http://tinyurl.com/8v2lpdh
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Tagged Australia, Broadband, Business, Frame Relay, Internet, National Broadband Network, NBN, Super regions, Telstra
By John McDuling and Tony Boyd – [Australia] Telstra chief executive David Thodey is planning to spend $100 million to accelerate construction of a key aspect of the national broadband network and unlock a $2 billion windfall for shareholders.
Telstra is planning to do everything it can to bring forward as much NBN revenue as possible given the risk of a change in government next year.
The bulk of the $500 million in capital spending will go towards mobile upgrades, amid an explosion in demand for Telstra’s services, driven by rising uptake of smartphones and tablet devices. more> http://tinyurl.com/94rhlqy
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Tagged Australia, Broadband, Business and Economy, David Thodey, Internet, National Broadband Network, Super regions, Telstra
English: Diagram of the National Broadband Network, based on the network design details given in the NBN Co’s Corporate Plan 2011–2013
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Geoff Long – [Australia] NBN Co will move back to a model where it connects fiber to every house or apartment at the same time as it rolls fiber down the street – the so-called “build drop” method of customer connections. However, unlike in the past, it will not seek permission from every household before bringing fiber to the building – customers will have to specifically opt-out if they don’t want the fiber.
“One of the things that we have had to take into account of the additional costs of executing all this is a much greater level of communication with the general public,” NBN Co CEO Mike Quigley said, adding that the company anticipated that most households would see that the connection is not costing them anything and would be welcomed. more> http://tinyurl.com/cqzjyv6
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Tagged Australia, Broadband, Internet, Malcolm Turnbull, Mike Quigley, National Broadband Network, Optus, Stephen Conroy, Super regions, Telstra
By Malcolm Turnbull – [Australia] This latest back down should finally put to bed NBN Co CEO Michael Quigley’s claims that a government-run communications monopoly will somehow be friendlier and more civic-minded than private sector firms.
According to Mr Quigley, the National Broadband Network serves a higher purpose than simply maximizing financial returns. Yet the aggressive nature of the SAU terms that NBN Co has asked the ACCC to rubber stamp is virtually without precedent, as noted by business journalist John Durie:
“One member comments the amount of discretion being sought by NBN boss Mike Quigley would make even the Telstra of old blush.” more> http://tinyurl.com/7kgygld
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Tagged Australia, Broadband, Government, Internet, Malcolm Turnbull, Michael Quigley, National Broadband Network, NBN, Super regions, Telstra
English: Diagram of the fixed wireless and satellite network design for the NBN, based on the information available in NBN Co’s business plan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Josh Taylor – [Australia] Under the $11 billion dollar deal NBN Co struck with Telstra, Telstra’s copper network will be decommissioned in NBN-connected areas, once those areas have been classed as “ready for service”. This happens once NBN Co has passed 90 per cent of premises in that area.
In satellite and fixed-wireless areas, the copper will be maintained by Telstra for phone services, but in fibre areas, even if customers are only seeking a voice service and not broadband, they will be required to migrate onto the NBN.
Voice customers will have just over two years between the ready-for-service date and when their voice service on the copper network is completely disconnected. more> http://tinyurl.com/6t2hyf8