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Huawei Australia, TelSoc to launch paper on 'gigabit gap' on Monday

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The Australian branch of Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor Huawei Technologies is continuing its campaign to press for inclusion among Australia's 5G vendors, collaborating with the Telecommunications Association to launch a joint discussion paper titled The Gigabit Gap.

Also associated with the paper is global technology research firm OMDIA (formerly known as Ovum).

Huawei said in a statement that the paper would be released on 29 June at 11am during a webinar which is open to world+dog after registration.

The company said that despite the expenditure of about $51 billion on the national broadband network, only about 30% of the country would have access to world class gigabit connections.

The statement said the report would reveal how far Australia was behind international competitors on gigabit availability. It also compares the cost of gigabit services on the NBN to similar services in Europe, the Asia-Pacific and North American markets.

Now that the NBN 10-year construction period is over, the paper will look at options for the NBN. TelSoc president Professor Reg Coutts, a member of the Panel of Experts formed by the Rudd Government, to examine broadband options for Australia, will speak at the webinar.

Huawei Australia chief corporate affairs officer Jeremy Mitchell said: "Huawei Australia is proud to partner to partner with such a distinguished association like TelSoc on this report.

"While NBN Co is to be congratulated on reaching the end of the volume rollout, it is clear there is still more work to be done before all Australians have access to world-class gigabit broadband.

"Like TelSoc, Huawei believes passionately in the transformational power of all Australians having access to world-class connectivity - we hope that this report will point the way forward to achieving that."

Professor Coutts added: "TelSoc is committed to fostering informed debate about NBN's future and how we can leverage the best telecommunications technologies.

"This is the first in a series of joint activities with key industry players to provide their insights and recommendations to our members and the wider community.

"TelSoc welcomes technology from all over the world as long as it is safe and secure."


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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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