NBN Co reveals product roadmap and Telstra planning deal

Telstras helping out with that trial and will also assist NBN Co under a new contract – valued at up to AU$390 million – that will see it “prepare network plans and designs to support NBN Co’s multi-technology mix NBN rollout, including fibre to the node, fibre to the basement and fibre to the premises.”

I wonder if Telstra will just end up buying NBN Co sometime in the future?

via NBN Co reveals product roadmap and Telstra planning deal • The Register.

NBN Co’s new Telstra deal is as good as NBN will get

While we can argue Australia will now have a second-rate version of a national broadband network, the reality is that with the new $11 billion deal with Telstra inked, this will be as good as it will get for the foreseeable future.

It looks like all parties agree that under this new contract the government’s preferred model, the multi-technology mix, can and will be rolled out.

Telstra however, covered itself with a clause that any unexpected extra costs related to the multi-technology mix rollout will be taken care of by NBN Co. Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull is happy with that arrangement and is convinced these costs will not blow out, but in the end only time will tell if this will be the case.

Boy Turnbull looks happy with himself in the article’s photo. Way to destroy a great plan with this shoddy MTM mess.

via NBN Co’s new Telstra deal is as good as NBN will get.

Telstra wins out in National Broadband Network, NBN deal

For example, under the new deal the cost of remediating Telstra’s ducts and pits onto the government-owned NBN Co gets a key potential liability off the books for Telstra, and while chief executive David Thodey was coy about the numbers in an analyst briefing yesterday afternoon, he fairly crowed the result was “unquestionably better for shareholders”.

The dollar figures being bandied about are confusing because they are given in net present value terms — i.e. the value of expected future income — which is a familiar concept for many in the financial community but meaningless for many. This NBN-Telstra deal is really worth more like $100 billion, which is the total amount that will be paid to Telstra over the next 30-plus years for access to its infrastructure and, after yesterday, additional design, build and maintenance work.

Just had to bold some of that text. Telstra sells POS copper network back to government and now gets paid to maintain the network they never maintained.. this is a fantastic deal, if you’re Telstra.

via Telstra wins out in National Broadband Network, NBN deal | Crikey.

Can we please just get on with the National Broadband Network?

The emerging NBN is barely capable of delivering a couple of high-definition video streams in real time, yet this is common in a modern family household with independent internet-enabled devices. If you want to download a one-hour standard definition video, it will take about five minutes. However, if you want to produce and upload such video content, it will take three hours. Upload figures for high definition and the emerging ultra-high definition video are about fifteen and thirty hours, respectively. Cloud-based services will continue to stumble as long as policy direction fails to recognise the importance of delivery of data into the network.

The much deeper issue is what happens after 2016. I’ve argued previously that “[o]ptical fibre is the only known viable technology beyond 2025. The only justification for considering anything else in the meantime is to buy us time”.

If only someone had the foresight to go straight for a FTTP design.. oh wait..

via Can we please just get on with the National Broadband Network?.

NBN 2.0 takes a big punt on HFC

In response to a question from Senator Cameron, Mr Krishnapillai, was clear:

“Yes, there are significant capacity and technical advantages of a pure fibre-to-the-home network over an HFC network…. It [HFC] has significantly higher numbers of shared componentry between the customer and the exchange. That puts some limitations in terms of possible speeds.

Clearly, a fibre network is superior in terms of delivery of performance and numbers of people on those networks at one time. So, although you can say, as I said beforehand, you can get up to 100 meg. speeds on HFC networks, generally that is only if there are small numbers on those shared networks. As soon as you start getting volume and scale, there is a curve, if you like, whereas fibre networks effectively have much, much higher capacity for large numbers of people.”

So the HFC is OK as long as not many are using it.

No comment needed, last line says it all.

via NBN 2.0 takes a big punt on HFC | Business Spectator.

Telstra wins again with new NBN deal

The hybrid fibre network was costed at a maximum of $41 billion a year ago, but in its  2014-2017 corporate plan last month, NBN Co said there were too many unknowns including the incomplete negotiations with Telstra and Optus for it to make forecasts for the final two years of the plan “with a reasonable level of confidence”. 

With the Telstra and Optus negotiations finalised, it remains on course for what Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Finance Minister Mathias Cormann say will be a more detailed corporate plan next year, covering 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Whether they arrive then or earlier, more complete projections are certainly going to be interesting.

Just a hunch, but I’m betting over budget, under delivered and a huge mess.

via Telstra wins again with new NBN deal.

NBN Co to charge developers for fibre

$300 passed on to end-users.

NBN Co will hit developers and owners of new residential apartment blocks and estates with fees ranging into the thousands of dollars to connect fibre to their developments, under a new policy released by the Government today.

Cheers, big ears.

via NBN Co to charge developers for fibre – Telco/ISP – News – iTnews.com.au.

Labor’s NBN is no more

It has been ill for some time, and recently terminally so, but now the high priests of the competitive market have pronounced the last rites. The new NBN has not only new (well, old actually) technologies, but a new regulatory regime that will see competition introduced and prices raised. Building a new house or buying one just built? You will have to pay.

great stuff

via iTWire – Labor’s NBN is no more.

The year the NBN stood still

It’s been a year of significant outcomes for the National Broadband Network NBN and there’s no doubt that Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull will be revelling in the pyrrhic victories he has secured this year.

As the minister responsible for altering the course of one of the most significant transformations of a national infrastructure project in modern history, Turnbull has no shortage of critics. But Turnbull is about to cap off 2014 with the deals with Telstra and Optus finally on the table and the last rites read on Labor’s NBN dream.

Since taking office in September 2013, Turnbull has been actively propagating the message of the multi-technology mix MTM NBN being a far better idea than a project that would have provided the majority of Australians with a single world leading access network technology.

Technology Spectator nails it again. what a sad state of affairs.

via The year the NBN stood still | Business Spectator.

Government wants NBN Co ready for potential break-up

Disaggregation in the short term would potentially delay the rollout and be a distraction for NBN Co’s management, the government said.

“However”, the document adds “optionality for future restructuring or disaggregation should be retained, to provide future governments with greater policy and financial flexibility.”

“To this end, NBN Co will be required to maintain separate accounts for its satellite, fixed wireless, FTTx, HFC and transit networks,” it states.

It would have been better if the current government had just paused all NBN operations while they were in power. What a mess.

via Government wants NBN Co ready for potential break-up – Computerworld.