Verizon: fibre is MUCH cheaper than copper, we’re going all-FTTP

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.

Source: Verizon: fibre is MUCH cheaper than copper, we’re going all-FTTP • The Register

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.

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:

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

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

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

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

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Caboolture FTTN Trial Update – The nodes are coming

A user posted on the FTTN Caboolture Whirlpool thread pointing out that a new node had appeared near Del Rosso Road/Tullawong Drive. I went and had a look and snapped a pic.

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I also noted that around the corner the poor owner of the house has to put up with unfinished construction work – doesn’t look very pretty.

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It is good to see progress, pity they are performing all the work for FTTN though. FTTP would make much more sense. Below is a map to get an idea of the new node, the mess currently on the side walk and also where the old distribution point is.

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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.

Opinion: Australia Is Becoming A Terrible Place To Be On The Internet, And It’s The Government’s Fault

Over the last 12 months, it feels like the idea of a free and open internet for Australian users has been placed in front of a legislative firing squad. From where I sit, the threats to Australia’s free and open internet can’t be counted on just one hand. If you just sit and listen to government discussions about technology, it’s just session-after-session of the blind leading the blind. Nobody in charge appears has a full understanding of how the laws being discussed could be used to harm the internet in Australia.

Here are just a few problems.

Just a few…

via Opinion: Australia Is Becoming A Terrible Place To Be On The Internet, And It’s The Government’s Fault | Gizmodo Australia.

NBN Co cuts back targets in new construction plan

The company today released the names of the 419 cities, suburbs and towns covering 1.9 million homes and businesses in line for the NBN by June 2016.

The former ALP Government had promised to connect 4.8 million premises by the same date in its last construction plan.

NBN Co declined to comment directly on why it had so dramatically reduced its targets.

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 The 1.9 million premises named today were touted by NBN Co as “new builds”, but the majority of the listed suburbs had already been slated to receive the NBN by June 2016 under the previous construction plan.

According to the new plan, in 18 months’ time NBN Co will have commenced rollouts in 81 “new” areas in Queensland, 44 areas in Tasmania, 112 NSW regions, 7 areas in the Northern Territory, 42 South Australian regions, 48 West Australian regions and 81 Victorian suburbs and towns.

But of the 81 regions announced today in Queensland, only 28 are new – as are only 38 of the 112 listed NSW locations.

So they are rehashing old locations and saying they are new and they have dramatically cut back the amount of premises past. Would have been quicker to leave the FTTP plan in place. Improvements like Project Fox were seeing efficiency gains. How they get away with this is beyond me.

via NBN Co cuts back targets in new construction plan – Telco/ISP – News – iTnews.com.au.

NBN Co announces first rollout map for Coalition’s multi-technology NBN

The previous Labor government had planned to connect 93 per cent of premises directly to fibre (fibre-to-the-premises, or FTTP), however this model was scrapped by the Coalition government in favour of a more cost-effective and faster “multi-technology” rollout.

The distance from a node to a building and the condition of the copper being used can make connections slower than those on fibre.

Slower and dare I say over time more expensive.

via NBN Co announces first rollout map for Coalition’s multi-technology NBN.