Sampath noted that one of the conversions, a New York CO, had to be replaced after it was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. However, even without a natural disaster, fibre’s advantages stack up fast: Real estate – savings are in the order of 60 – 80 per cent, since instead of 13 floors for a big exchange, a fibre-to-the-premises area needs just two;Energy savings – are between 40 and 60 per cent, in accordance with the company’s prior experience, for example in 2008 numbers cited by Australia’s communications minister Malcolm Turnbull;Reliability – DSL users suffering rain-driven outages will raise a hollow laugh to hear that Sampath claimed fibre is 70 to 90 per cent more reliable than copper. This results in 60 per cent fewer costly truck rolls on the fibre network, and savings of 40 to 60 per cent on maintenance.
This can’t be right. Malcolm wouldn’t mislead us like this.