Tag Archives: National Broadband Network

NBN Co prepares first copper disconnects

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


Fixed telco line crisis looming: Turnbull

English: First and second release sites of the...

English: First and second release sites of the NBN rollout. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

AAP/Australian – [Australia] Mr Turnbull said NBN Co rolled out broadband services to less than 1000 premises in greenfields housing estates from January 2011 to June this year.

He said the NBN builder had received applications from developers for 130,000 lots in that time and there were about 74,000 homes across Australia without any fixed line connections at all.

“This is a real looming crisis for thousands of Australians,” Mr Turnbull told reporters in Canberra on Thursday (Sep 13).

“It is simply not a matter of them not having access to optical fiber, they have no fixed line whatsoever.” more> http://tinyurl.com/9xb4sjz

Malcolm Turnbull responds to Alan Kohler’s NBN “fantasy”

Photograph of Malcolm Turnbull, New South Wale...

Photograph of Malcolm Turnbull, New South Wales Liberal politician. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Malcolm Turnbull – [Australia] The issue for customers is not the particular medium of communication connecting their device to the internet but rather the quality of the experience. If bandwidth is sufficient for their needs, then whether it is on HFC or VDSL or GPON or wireless or a combination of some or all of them is not particularly relevant if it is relevant at all.

It has to be remembered that the speed of connection is determined by the slowest segment of the network between the customer’s device and the server with which they are connecting which in many cases may not even be in Australia.

The NBN Co has no budget. It has a project the scope of which was given them by the government and they regularly provide estimates of what it will cost. There is no budget in the sense of a cap or ceiling on what they can spend. more> http://tinyurl.com/d3wsksd

NBN Co passes FOI scrutiny

By Ry Crozier – [Australia] NBN Co has been cleared in its use of “commercial” grounds to deny Freedom of Information requests, with a review finding no grounds to change or revoke the exemption.

Between 11 June 2011 and 31 May 2012, NBN Co received 35 requests for documents, of which 17 were withdrawn. Two applicants were granted full releases of documents.

“There is no basis to conclude that the broad nature of “commercial activities” exemption has been abused; or that it has had the effect of unreasonably broadening the field of exempt documents,” auditor Stuart Morris QC said. more> http://tinyurl.com/9vu3evj

Telstra dash for $2bn NBN bonus

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

NBN Co returns to “build-drop” for fiber rollout

English: Diagram of the National Broadband Net...

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

NBN Hits A Wall

By Oonagh Reidy – [Australia] Construction woes hit NBN as contractors are said to be no longer interested in working on the project.

That’s according to AFR, who report major contractors Silcar and Transfield are to pull out of the next round of contracts for National Broadband Network, worth $1.6 bn in total, citing delays that have plagued the project rollout. more> http://tinyurl.com/8858sod