NBN Co out to tame troublesome copper

But NBN Co does not yet know the state of the Telstra copper network. Morrow confirmed on Thursday that during renegotiations, NBN Co did not seek, and was not provided with, a history of Telstra’s maintenance costs associated with the copper network.

Another holy shit moment. NBN Co gave Telstra what? 11 Billion for the copper and are going to pay Telstra to maintain it but never even asked for the maintenance history. Sure – that will work. I’m sure Telstra has a comprehensive list of the amount of shopping bags they’ve gone through so far.

Ongoing maintenance is sure to blow out the FTTN budget. This could have all been avoided with FTTP.

via NBN Co out to tame troublesome copper | ZDNet.

NBN will suffer under telcos’ lack of vision

The problems with the telecommunications industry go far deeper than most of us realise. But how do we get an understanding of what is wrong with a telecommunications industry that does not involve complex economics and discussions about whether we should be using copper in the NBN?

Everyone will suffer from Telcos’ lack of vision.

via NBN will suffer under telcos’ lack of vision | Business Spectator.

Parish Park node complete

On from my last post the Parish Park node is complete, not powered yet though.


A lot of activity happening up the other end of Parish Road close to Tullawong State School – The pit remediation on Parish Road is complete and the DP on the corner of the school near the lights has had several engineers working on it. Looks like there are new pits/pit work going on there.

A user on the whirlpool forums has started a node map.

Half The People Who Can Get The NBN Haven’t Done So, And We Judge Them

NBN Co, which is building the network, announced in its half-yearly results today that there were 748,552 premises which could now connect to the NBN as of the end of December 2014. Of those, 322,391 have done so, which is just 43 per cent of the serviceable premises. (That number is up 53 per cent on the previous year.)

The chances are good that many of those customers won’t migrate until the associated copper network is switched off. While NBN Co is now committed to a multi-technology mix which will see many people accessing broadband via copper to the nearest broadband node and others use pay TV cable, sites rolled out to date have still involved fibre to the premises.

I feel like I need to lecture these people in the same way I’d tell my son to eat his vegetables because there are kids around the world who would love them. Seriously though, 57% of people who have access to fibre haven’t signed up? That number seems a little large and/or scary.

via Half The People Who Can Get The NBN Haven’t Done So, And We Judge Them | Lifehacker Australia.

NBN Co results to December 2014 – all numbers up including revenue and losses

With Fibre to the Node – construction is underway in all 11 build trial locations. This covers 200,000+ homes in Queensland and NSW – fantastic results according to Bill Morrow.

I guess we have a different idea on the definition of “fantastic results”.  ;P

This is a great article by iTWirew though, covering a lot of the information from NBN Co’s financial results.

via iTWire – VIDEO: NBN Co results to December 2014 – all numbers up including revenue and losses.

NBN Co triples revenue, boosts run rate

NBN Co almost tripled its revenue in the second half of 2014, with 322,000 customers connected to the National Broadband Network (NBN) at the end of December.

The government-owned company responsible for rolling out the NBN reported (PDF) on Thursday AU$64 million in revenue for the half, up from AU$22 million in the same time in 2013.

Nothing really to say, it would be a worry if things were going backwards considering you are rolling this out with the intention of the entire population getting on board.

via NBN Co triples revenue, boosts run rate | ZDNet.

NBN Co talks up potential of HFC, wireless

“We are going to ensure that DOCSIS 3.0… is universal across the network.”

NBN Co trials using DOCSIS 3.0 have achieved speeds of 376Mbps down and 49Mbps up.”

Now that’s great in itself, but the good news behind this is that’s not even using all of the spectrum bandwidth that’s available on these coaxial cables that we will use, so that number will go up,” Morrow said.

An eventual upgrade of the HFC network to DOCSIS 3.1 “is going to take it to a far different level,” Morrow said. DOCSIS 3.1 trials have shown gigabit speeds, he added.

There are only limited gigabit offerings in Australia, the CEO said. “The fact that we’re going to be able to do this with our HFC network the fact that that HFC network is a far lower maintenance element than any of the other metallic-based, copper delivery services is good news for the consumer,” he added.

“The fact that we’re getting this asset virtually for free from these two carriers means that that cost per premises element on this super-high-speed, easy to maintain, good product is going to be good for the taxpayer.

Sorry? “Virtually free?” NBN Co paid Telstra 11 Billion dollars for their copper network which includes the HFC network. Hardly free.

However, If NBN Co can get DOCSIS 3.0 running at the mentioned speeds with little all no contention on the line and with little investment spent on the upgrade this is genuinely exciting news. I know of people who have no choice but to use HFC.

Via NBN Co talks up potential of HFC, wireless – Computerworld.

NBN Co’s gaze returns to Telstra’s South Brisbane fibre

In 2011, Telstra moved to replace its copper network to around 20,000 homes in the South Brisbane area with fibre optic cable following an agreement with the Queensland government to close the South Brisbane exchange and sell the land to the government for a new hospital.

Telstra offers a wholesale product for the network, and has always been of the view that it may potentially sell the network to NBN Co once completed. The two companies began negotiations in 2011 over the potential sale of the network to NBN Co, but never reached a deal prior to the 2013 election.

I’ve been wondering when this would come up again. This would be an easy win for NBN Co to get another 20,000 customers on the NBN. It would also be a win for the customers to be able to actually choose their ISP. And of course it will be a win for Telstra, because apparently 11 Billion dollars doesn’t cover an exchange in South Brisbane.

via NBN Co’s gaze returns to Telstra’s South Brisbane fibre | ZDNet.

NBN Co numbers suggest FTTP build could be done for close to Labor’s budget

The real cost of completing Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN) in its originally-planned fibre-to-the-premises configuration may well have been close to the $AU43 billion first budgeted, according to data presented by NBN Co’s CEO and CFO to a Senate Estimates hearing.

The Register notes that the new cost-per-premises yields a fibre build for 11 million premises (the NBN’s original target) of $AU47 billion* – around 10 per cent higher than the former government’s $AU43 billion build budget, but a long way short of the $97 billion for a fibre rollout bandied about before Australia’s 2013 election.

The Coalition blew out the numbers? I don’t believe it.. this must be some type of mistake.

via NBN Co numbers suggest FTTP build could be done for close to Labor’s budget • The Register.

More node news for Caboolture FTTN Trial

There are more nodes coming in so the builds are surely underway. Photos below are from Parish Road,

Node in front of Parish Park:

IMG_0876Some close ups:



The original distribution point (DA73 CAB0) in relation to the Node:

IMG_0873 IMG_0874

This looks like where the power will come from for the node:


There is also work occurring near the other end of Parish Road, near the school and the take away store, looks like Pit remediation:


Distribution point (DA72 CAB0) is a little further way down the road in this case: