nbn meets Turnbull’s June 30 rollout targets

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull today confirmed nbn would meet its rollout targets for the start of the 2015/2016 financial year, although the success appeared to be based almost entirely upon the continual deployment of Labor’s previous Fibre to the Premises model, and not the Coalition’s technically inferior multi-technology alternative.

Colour me surprised.

Source: nbn meets Turnbull’s June 30 rollout targets – Delimiter

Is an NBN compromise still possible?

Netflix entry into the Australian market demonstrates how quickly change can occur. In the last ten years the relative size of telcos, handset manufacturers and media companies has seen the telcos dwindle by comparison. Coming together to promote a compromise bipartisan deal on the NBN not only ensures a better outcome for the nation but also protects the industry’s self-interests.

Source: Is an NBN compromise still possible? | Business Spectator

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

Defence radar could interfere with NBN

Glenn Odlum, a principal engineer in Defence’s spectrum office, said Defence used spectrum between 3100 MHz and 3600 MHz for a “critical Defence radar capability”.

He indicated the impact of having public fixed wireless services and Defence radar in the same band remained unknown.


via Defence radar could interfere with NBN – Telco/ISP – News – iTnews.com.au.

Japanese companies demo 40Gbps passive FTTP tech

The current generation of passive optical networks provide 2.488Gbps downloads and 1.244Gbps upload speeds – 10/2.5Gbps 10-GPON deployments are rare.

Japan’s Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) and Oki Electric Industry announced a successful demonstration of a passive optical access system that provided 40Gbps over 40 kilometres, serving 1024 users – 40 times the transmission capacity of existing systems, and 32 times more users than today’s passive optical networks (PONs).

Sure glad we are moving away from FTTP model for the NBN. That technology is clearly not future proof /sarcasm.

via Japanese companies demo 40Gbps passive FTTP tech – Networking – News – iTnews.com.au.

NBN Co fibre-on-demand product due this month

The idea of a user-paid, fibre-on-demand scheme has been supported by the current Australian government for some time. In February 2013, then-Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull backed the idea and highlighted BT’s similar rollout in the UK.

“I don’t see why you wouldn’t do that. If you can offer fibre on demand, and the reason you’ve got that is you’ve got in these modern [full service access networks], you’ve got ports that are capable of supporting GPON and VDSL,” Turnbull said. “And so if you’ve got a customer that wants fibre for whatever reason, then there’s no reason, technically, why you shouldn’t make it available.”

However, in the time since Turnbull made those comments, BT Openreach increased its prices for an on-demand connection by up to £2,625 (AU$5,158). In its January 2014 price increase, Openreach said it would begin charging £300 (AU$590) for a fibre upgrade for a premises that is less than 200 metres from the node, right up to £6,125 (AU$12,037) for a premises close to 2km from the node.

I wonder what the limit will be per node? assuming only n amount of Users can switch to fibre per node. Will they guarantee speeds or will this cause contention on the node? Will definitely be following this one closely. A bit rich that some have to pay for a service that has been rolled out to others using tax payers dollars previously.

via NBN Co fibre-on-demand product due this month | ZDNet.

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.

NBN Co chief Bill Morrow says HFC NBN will be as fast as Labor’s FTTP

Director of the Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society (IBES) and Melbourne University professor Rod Tucker said the high speeds were possible, but on HFC everything depended on the number of users on the network at the same time.

“I’m not a great fan of the multi-technology mix that the Coalition has implemented, but I think the best part of their strategy is to use the existing HFC network, because it does have the capability of being reused and providing good extra bandwidth,” Mr Tucker, who has advocated for FTTP and helped with the development of the NBN, said.

“You can easily expect over 100Mbps downstream for DOCSIS 3.0, which means in the new NBN those people with HFC will likely be doing better on average than the people with fibre-to-the-node.”

NBN Co said the cost of upgrading all of its network from DOCSIS 1.0 to the current best level of 3.0 was minimal, and that the networks could already carry DOCSIS 3.0. Therefore it was more a matter of consumers replacing their modems with compatible ones.

Back to the issue of contention. From everything I’ve read and from actual experience HFC is fast until the number of users increases exponentially, then it begins to all slow down. Hopefully DOCSSIS 3.0 and 3.1 can fix this. Bill Morrow claiming HFC NBN will be as fast as Labors FTTP is a bit of claim chowder though. Maybe at introductory 100/40 speeds this is true, however NBN Co was ready to turn on 1000/400 at the flick of a switch and with small upgrades the FTTP solution will go up to speeds of 10 gigabits. That’s with technology available today. I think more effort is being put into R&D on Fibre then HFC so IMHO I see Fibre development outstripping HFC R&D.

via NBN Co chief Bill Morrow says HFC NBN will be as fast as Labor’s FTTP.

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.