Prime Minister Tony Abbott makes NBN speed promise his government can’t keep

When he was Opposition Leader, the Prime Minister infamously bungled a TV interview before the 2010 election where he struggled to explain the Coalition’s NBN.”I’m no Bill Gates here and I don’t claim to be any kind of tech head,” he told the ABC’s then 7.30 Report presenter, Kerry O’Brien.

No one appears to be a tech head in this party. so why do they feel qualified to make these decisions? The infrastructure should be based on the best technology for the job. Not on politics.

Source: Prime Minister Tony Abbott makes NBN speed promise his government can’t keep

Locked into a second-rate NBN

It wasn’t all that long ago that our Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull took to the whiteboard to explain why we don’t need the level of high-speed broadband that was promised to Australia under Labor’s Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) plan. He has since gone quiet on the issue, as he has been able to lock the country into a low-speed broadband solution, without any plan for truly high-speed broadband in the future.

Lock it in, Eddie.

via Locked into a second-rate NBN | Business Spectator.

Tata and Kordia win NBN design contracts

NBN Co chief operating officer Greg Adcock told journalists at the company’s half-year results last week that he was in negotiations with contractors to build fibre-to-the-node connections.

“We’re looking to start to scale [FTTN trials] up towards the end of this financial year so you can join the dots as to how far off the contracts are,” he said.

A lot of big contracts in place to develop plans for all of the “Multi Technology Mix” cruft. Money that could have been poured into a continued FTTP plan. The FTTN costs are particularly concerning given the life of the solution until it will need upgrading.

via Tata and Kordia win NBN design contracts.

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.

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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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.

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.

Rescuing Turnbull’s NBN

The MTM NBN is not the revolutionary step to an all-fibre network that Australia will need by the end of this decade to be an active participant in the global digital economy. Initially, as with all new networks, consumers will be relieved to have something better than they had before, but this euphoria will quickly fade as more people jump on board causing congestion and reduced performance. The driving force behind our future digital economy is small to medium enterprises (SME) and we should expect that SMEs will be desperate for something better long before the end of the decade.

Something better was already being delivered. Now we have something half arsed. By a half arsed government and NBN Co as their puppet.

via Rescuing Turnbull’s NBN | Business Spectator.