The Australian Labor Party has said it would review the economics of the NBN, including the implications of the multi-technology mix, on the cash-flow of the NBN Co, the company which is rolling out the network, if it were voted back into office in the forthcoming Federal Election.
Writing down the value of the NBN to take the pressure off NBN Co trying to increase the average revenue per user and allowing more of the performance potential, that exists, to be made accessible, are steps that could improve the existing situation, a network expert has suggested.
The Australian Labor Party will not make any quick changes to the rollout of the national broadband network if it comes to power in the Federal Election later this year, but will take a "responsible" approach to the project.
Two of NetComm's Gfast 212MHz fibre-to-the-distribution-point (FTTDP) products have become the first in the global market to achieve full interoperability certification under Broadband Forum's (BBF) ID337i2 Gfast/212MHz interoperability test plan.
The head of a small Internet service provider has questioned whether a write-down of the value of the national broadband network will end up being the panacea it is increasingly painted as, pointing out that the main problem facing the network is how it should be upgraded to full fibre after the initial build is over.
Networking solutions provider NetComm Wireless has extended its agreement with NBN Co, to supply reverse-powered distribution point units, known as High port count DPUs, to the company rolling out Australia's national broadband network, the NBN.
The privatisation of NBN Co sometime in the future may well end up creating a similar situation like that in the 1990s, when the introduction of new players like Optus and the privatisation of Telstra did not bring about the level of investment needed to keep Australia's infrastructure in pace with growing digital needs, especially in regional areas, a network expert says.
The Australian Labor Party says it is committed to fast, reliable and affordable Internet for the country, and that means more fibre in whatever remains of the NBN rollout after the next election which it expects to win.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been accused of citing incorrect figures, about the Labor Party's expenditure on the national broadband network, during a radio interview last week.
Australian networking solutions provider NetComm Wireless will supply hardware for the rollout of fibre-to-the-distribution-point connections — what the NBN Co calls fibre-to-the-curb — to about a million premises, the company's chief executive Ken Sheridan says.
NBN Co, the company rolling out Australia's national broadband network, has announced that fibre-to-the-curb connections are now available to about 1000 premises in two suburbs – Coburg in Victoria and Miranda in New South Wales.
Telstra's variation to the NBN migration plan, using fibre-to-the-curb in addition to other technologies, has been granted approval by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
One of Australia's better-known network experts says the move by NBN Co, the company building Australia's national broadband network, to use a diagnostic tool to check home wiring to see if it may be causing speed issues should be both applauded and condemned.
NBN Co has no plans to increase the number of premises that receive fibre-to-the kerb (or curb as the company calls it) and these will not increase beyond a million as it has already specified.
As the hum of complaints about the NBN grew and grew, reaching a shrill pitch, it was only to be expected that the government would react; each NBN user represents at least one vote in its reckoning.
NBN customers who are on fibre-to-the-node connections are unable to lodge a fault with the company in charge of the broadband rollout about slow speeds unless the download speed falls below 12Mbps.
The chief architect behind TransACT has suggested that if NBN Co were to make contention ratios available to consumers, it would help them choose retail service providers who could supply the speeds they sought.
A veteran independent telecommunications commentator claims that government policy, not the NBN Co or retail service providers, is to blame for the fiasco that the national broadband network rollout has become.
Networking veterans have cast doubts on assertions made today that the speed woes experienced by customers on the national broadband network could be eradicated if telecommunications companies paid $9.75 per month for each connection.
An academic who was closely associated with the NBN project at its outset claims that the original fibre-to-the-premises proposal would have stimulated "an active competitive retail marketplace that would have forced RSPs to purchase adequate CVC".
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