Turnbull, NBN Co ignored Telstra real-world FttN speed warnings

NBN Co and Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull declined to include advice from the Department of Communications and Telstra that the speeds achieved in the Umina fibre-to-the-node (FttN) National Broadband Network (NBN) trial may not reflect real-world results.

Earlier this month, NBN Co stated that existing premises outside of the hybrid fibre-coaxial (HFC), fixed-wireless, or satellite footprints, and those not covered by the existing fibre-to-the-premises (FttP) rollout, would likely get fibre-to-the-node services under the government’s new mandated “multi-technology mix” model for the NBN, aimed at delivering the NBN at a lower cost.

Being that I’m in one of these FTTN Trial areas, you’ll be hearing more about my experience as the trial unfolds. But I’m not expecting great speeds.

via Turnbull, NBN Co ignored Telstra real-world FttN speed warnings | ZDNet.

NBN Co to charge thousands for fibre-on-demand broadband connections

Consumers who miss out on a high-speed fibre connection to the national broadband network NBN will be offered the option to pay thousands of dollars for one when NBN Co rolls out its fibre-on-demand product early next year.In an exclusive interview with Fairfax Media, NBN Co chief executive Bill Morrow gave the strongest indication yet that prices here would be comparable to those available in the UK.NBN Co will finalise two wholesale fibre-on-demand products, likely around mid-January 2015 and on market shortly thereafter, Mr Morrow said.

So some people get FTTP via tax payer dollars, while the rest must pay again for the privilege? Welcome to the “haves” and “have nots”

via NBN Co to charge thousands for fibre-on-demand broadband connections.

Rebooted NBN shuts down full fibre dream

Fibre on demand will, by NBN Co’s own admission, follow British Telecom’s template and the high costs involved make it unlikely to be the choice for your average household. NBN Co has said it is willing to work with councils on fibre and while most would be underequipped for such an undertaking, it will be interesting to see which intrepid local council puts its hands up.

The title of this article alone depresses me.

via Rebooted NBN shuts down full fibre dream | Business Spectator.

The NBN twilight zone

Speaking at CommsDay NBNRebooted held on November 17 Communications minister Malcolm Turnbull addressed the issue of National Broadband Network (NBN)-related complaints to the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) when he stated “this is why the NBN Co is forecasting it will increase the number of serviceable premises in brownfield areas from 67 per cent of the total premises passed to 81 per cent of premises passed.”

This startling admission that 19 to 33 per cent of premises will not be connected to the NBN as the rollout passes through an area is clearly unacceptable and Australians should wonder why Turnbull has not directed NBN Co to reduce the figure to 0 in recently commenced rollout areas and to remediate 100 per cent of premises that have been classified “service class 0” within one or two weeks of a the rollout being completed in an area.

Excellent NBN coverage from Business Spectator

via The NBN twilight zone | Business Spectator.

One week, two corporate plans, three strained NBN Co execs

There’s something very deer-in-the-headlights about watching senior NBN Co executives front up to a Senate committee to explain their progress — and I use that word in its loosest meaning — in converting the National Broadband Network (NBN) from something ambitious yet imperfect into a leap of faith that should more appropriately be called imaginary and imprecise.

One almost felt a pang of sympathy for the three visibly uncomfortable NBN Co executives who fronted up to the usual grilling — about the plan they have been charged with executing against logic, common sense, and commercial reality — with the usual cadre of difficult concessions, incomplete answers, and deferrals to put questions on notice. Grab some popcorn, and watch the session for yourself.


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 is what I was suspecting when reading about project fox a few months ago, things were vastly improving under the Labour roll out leading up to and just after the election. The new plan for the “multi technology mix” seems to be a complete mess.

via One week, two corporate plans, three strained NBN Co execs | ZDNet.

Render methodology may return after NBN Co’s Melton review

NBN Co paid AU$330,000 for the right to test Render in the field during a rollout of the MLT-10 fibre serving area module (FSAM), which lies within the Victorian suburb of Melton, and to subsequently extend its use to five other FSAMs.

An internal evaluation of the project, published in September by Fairfax Media, credited the use of Render as helping speed up the Melton rollout by 61 percent and at half the cost of other FSAM rollouts in the area.

However, the methodology was never extended to the other FSAMs after NBN Co ceased the trial prematurely.

Not sure if this relates back to project fox.

via Render methodology may return after NBN Co’s Melton review | ZDNet.

Government’s NBN findings out by $1 billion

BN Co’s 2014-17 corporate plan said the strategic review forecast that the company would need $4.043 billion in equity funding during financial year 2014 from the federal government. Another $6.3 billion was set to be provided in the following year.

Only a billion? great work!

via Government’s NBN findings out by $1 billion.

First NBN fibre extension comes in: $150,000

A South Australian resident just seven kilometres by line of sight from the Adelaide central business district has been quoted $150,000 to upgrade to a National Broadband Network fibre connection.

NBN Co this week confirmed a verbal quote given to to Matthew Wilkinson, an employee at the South Australian Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, to receive the user-pays connection.

just spare change then.

via First NBN fibre extension comes in: $150,000 – Telco/ISP – News – iTnews.com.au.

NBN Co reveals new broadband mix

BN Co is also considering offering a “fibre-on-demand” product which will allow home or business owners to purchase FTTP for an undisclosed price. The spokesperson said the company could not currently provide details on pricing, but the rules for fibre-on-demand would be released “in the coming months”.

In 2012, one South Australian resident was quoted $150,000 tp upgrade to FTTP for a premise located 1.3km from the nearest NBN network boundary.

The company said it will also work with small communities wanting to co-fund an FTTP rollout.

So some people get FTTP, others will have to pay for it. Our tax dollars at work.

via NBN Co reveals new broadband mix – Telco/ISP – News – iTnews.com.au.

Tasmania has fastest National Broadband Network rollout in country, Malcolm Turnbull says.

Mr Turnbull said maps showing the intended rollout under the previous Labor government were unrealistic.

It was misleading, he said, for Labor to claim 32,000 Tasmanian premises had access to optic fibre-to-the-premise in September last year.

“Many of those premises were not serviceable at all,” he said.

“Labor had a fibre-to-the press-release policy.

“What we have done is ensured that we are not releasing an area, saying an area is ready for service until it actually is.”

Hello pot, meet kettle.

via Tasmania has fastest National Broadband Network rollout in country, Malcolm Turnbull says – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).