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NBN Status Update – Where its at August 2009

The NBN project is well and truly underway and the latest eventuation has witnessed a NBN CEO and now an NBN Board take shape, so where are we at and what’s next? The answer to this question is definitely not straight forward, but I’ll make an attempt to summarise the current status quo of the Australian National Broadband Network.

– Michael Quigley has been named the Executive Chair (CEO) of the Australian NBN (NBNco).
– Doug Campbell has been appointed Chair of Tasmanian NBN Company Limited (TNBNCo).
– Doug Campbell, Peter Hay, Siobhan McKenna, Diane Smith-Gander and Gene Tilbrook have all been named as NBN Board Directors.
– NBNco headquarters is still up for grabs. Queensland, NSW and Victoria are all front runners, however location might be split among all three states.
– Communications Minister, Senator Stephen Conroy states that Implementation Study underway and hopes to be completed in February 2010.
– Tasmanian Roll underway in October 2009 and will be overseen by Aurora Energy.
– Winning Bidders to be announced and construction expected to commence in Regional Backbone areas of Wonthaggi, Leongatha, Korumburra, Inverloch, Foster, Yarram, Victor Harbor, Broken Hill, Darwin, Geraldton, Emerald and      Longreach in September 2009.
– NBN legislation expected to be introduced into Parliament by Senator Conroy later this year in a bid to ensure NBN’s legitimacy and procession.
 


As you can see, the NBN project is still in its infancy and if this past years progress is anything to go by, I’m expecting that the entire NBN roll out period will be significantly longer than the stated 8 year duration that the government had previously forecast.


 




 

Telstra Nortel delivers DWDM 40Gbps 100Gbps Broadband Speeds

Telstra, Australia’s largest Telecommunications Provider who offers Broadband Internet via BigPond, and Nortel, a world leading communications and networks company who provides optical, wireless and voice solutions for large enterprises and governments, have successfully conducted Broadband Internet speed trials that reached 40Gbps and 100Gbps transmission speeds using Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) technology.

Hang on to your hats folks, the Broadband speeds tests that used fibre optic links and conducted between Adelaide and Sydney actually broke world records for the distances achieved using such speeds. A Nortel DWDM fibre optic technology trial over 2038kms achieved 100 Gigabits per second whilst the 40 Gbps optical speeds were attained over 3370kms.

Telstra was very pleased with the results stating that it would allow the incumbent to carry heavier network traffic without requiring the necessity of an upgrade, thus being able to save a significant amount of capital. An upgrade of 10Gbps – 40Gbps between Sydney and Melbourne will be the first to utilise the new technology and faster speeds by June 2010.

The NBN could also benefit with the new technology as the suggested fibre-to-the-premises NBN speeds of 100Mbps will not be capable unless backhaul such as the Nortel upgrade are not conducted.

View and compare Telstra BigPond Broadband Plans right here.

Broadband Backhaul for Six NBN Regions to Commence

The Federal Government has announced six ‘blackspot’ regions that will be listed for broadband backhaul builds come September this year. Communications minister Stephen Conroy has called for submissions from Tenders with the successful applicant to receive $250 million for the National Broadband Network backhaul in these areas.

The regions scheduled to receive the broadband Backhaul are South West Gippsland in Victoria, Darwin in the NT, Geraldton in Western Australia, Broken Hill in NSW, Victor Harbour in South Australia along with Emerald and Longreach in QLD.

Stephen Conroy went on to say that the National Broadband Network backbone infrastructure developments will not be limited to these locations and subject to the first tender, further locations will be announced later in the year.

The NBN backhaul commencement is expected to kickstart the first of approximately 25,000 local jobs that will be directly initiated by the National Broadband Network rollout throughout the course of the 8 year project.

Fibre Broadband Provisioning for Greenfield Estate Development

Buying a house, or building a new house for that matter, can be an exciting venture and at the same time, a pain in the right old bleeding if you haven’t prepared enough. This is not to mention the potential headache around broadband availability options? Did you ever stop to consider what type of broadband provisioning will be, or is, available to you in this respective area? There are also many broadband obstacles to be aware of when moving into a new greenfield estate, such as limited technology types, delays and worst case scenario, no broadband option at all (with the exception of slow satellite).

Sol Trujillo’s (ex Telstra CEO) last parting shot at Australia suggested that our country is a couple of years behind the broadband eight ball, especially when compared to other developed countries, and this is almost made evident with the upcoming new National Broadband Network, or should I say, the time it’s taken Australia to get this far. After all, we don’t want to implement a new technology that will be outdated by the time it’s fully operational, nor do we want to wait 6 or 7 years to be able to use it!

First of all we had a Liberal Federal Government that talked about updating broadband in Australia, but sat on their butt for a few years while bickering with Telstra and did nothing. Then we had a new Labor Government that proposed a Fibre to the Node NBN model ‘hooray’… which failed after, ‘they say’, was a lack of feasibility within all the proponent’s submissions. Then, there was the big announcement, a very bold vision that is meant to propel Australia to the top of the Broadband list, a National ‘Fibre to the Premises’ model which will take 8 years to build and have speed upwards of 100Mbps that will reach 90% of Australian homes.

How many years has it taken??? How much longer will we have to wait??? It appears that many of us will have to wait longer although for some of us, things may be taking shape, although it still could be quite some time away yet. Sure it’s frustrating not to know if your new residence is eligible to receive ADSL, ADSL2+, Cable or Wireless Broadband let alone Fibre, but all is lost though as the Australian Government has commenced a process to make the provisioning of fibre broadband technology ‘mandatory’ to all new greenfield residential estate developments as from 1st July 2010.

This is great news for anyone thinking of building a home in these areas in the short term. At least your new home will be ‘future proofed’ for fibre. What’s more, it’s also been stated that fibre-to-the-home technology already exists in more than 120 greenfield estates which translates to approximately 150,000 homes. The problem is the lack of information for identifying these areas and who and where to go to find out more? I’d recommend contacting the respective council and estate developer to find out further information on broadband options and fibre provisioning and hope that the FTTP rollout will backhaul these estates first.

Fibre in greenfield estates
As part of its National Broadband Network initiative, the Government has announced that the use of fibre optic technology will be required in greenfield estates.

Given the superior properties of fibre optic networks, it would be counter‑productive to have homes built in new developments with the latest building technology but connected by antiquated copper wires. Greenfield estates across Australia will therefore be required to use fibre optic infrastructure to the home and workplace.

The Government has released a stakeholder consultation paper on the implementation of its fibre in greenfields initiative. Submissions are due by 5:00pm (AEST) Friday 12 June 2009.
‘Caption taken from dbcde.gov.au’





 

Austar Axia NetMedia and Telstra to share NBN roles

Split into Retail and Wholesale divisions and we’ll give you the option to buy 49% of the NBN. Maybe not quite that easy, however it’s been stated that Communications Minister Stephen Conroy and the Federal Government will offer Telstra the option to buy a 49% stake in the National Broadband Network if they structurally separate, or should I say functionally separate.

Dangling a lucrative NBN carrot such as the opportunity to own 49 percent of Australia’s next big thing since the Snowy Hydro Hydro Electricity Project will give incoming Telstra CEO David Thodey and the Telstra Board something to think about. It’s not just separation that they will need to consider, moreover this could very well mean that Telstra may have to hand over its existing fibre network among other goodies.

In other related NBN news, it appears that AUSTAR is also vying for a piece of the action. The regional Pay TV Provider has indicated that they have already held informal talks with the Federal Government regarding their wireless communication spectrum and how it could become a vital instrument for the National Broadband Network program.

AUSTAR currently holds a 2.3Ghz and 3.5Ghz band radio spectrum licence for regional Australia until 2015 which they purchased back in 2000 for $140 million. A Wireless and WiMax solution for many rural sectors of Australia could play a pivotal role in delivering high speed broadband Internet, voice and high definition TV services to these regions, especially using the soon to be obsolete analogue TV towers that are left behind.

Meanwhile, failed NBN bidding participant, Axia NetMedia, might not be out of the race just yet. In a Request For Proposals debriefing held recently, Axia NetMedia Global Development and Marketing Vice President ‘Mark Blake’ did not strike out his company’s potential inclusion into, at least, some of the NBN’s construction.

Although tight lipped on outcomes of the debriefing, Mr Blake did suggest that citing certain elements of their recent NBN proposal, he remained confident that specific parts could be used in the upcoming $43 Billion NBN. Furthermore, he admitted that the opportunity for participation had now become more possible, opposed to less.

Could it be likely that Axia NetMedia, like AUSTAR and Telstra, play a major role in the upcoming NBN construction process? From the sounds of Mark Blake, you’d be likely to think as much.

Keep informed with all the important news on the upcoming 100Mbps National Broadband Network right here at the Youcompare Blogs.

FTTH NBN construction to commence shortly

It’s been stated that work on the new national broadband network could commence shortly with $250 million to be allocated on a fibre optic backhaul by September.



The Australian Federal Government will start seeking Tenders shortly, who will then be required to submit proposals by June this year in order to start development in rural and regional areas come September where there is very little network competition. The somewhat hasty directive by the Government is also asking for feedback on who should build and own the network.



The document barely outlines the important factors surrounding the new NBN with many analysts stating that it leaves too many questions unanswered.


Fibre To The Premises Broadband Plans

Anyone wishing to get the most out of broadband Internet access does not have to look any further than super fast high speed Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) technology. Connection speeds of 100Mbps are achievable with FTTP technology but it doesn’t stop there. On a commercial level, Fiber to the Premises is already transmitting speeds of up to 1Gbps (1000Mbps) in some countries.



The Australian Federal Government’s $43 billion National Broadband Fibre to the Premises Broadband Plans are to connect 90% of Australia’s population with lighting fast 100Mbps Broadband within 8 years. A very ambitious target considering it’s going to cost a whopping $43 billion, however, most industry experts agree that this latest FTTP announcement is a master stroke and if it becomes fruition, will push Australia up the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) rankings as a front runner in World Class fixed line and wireless Broadband Internet technology.



So what is FTTP?
In a nutshell, Fibre to the Premises is a communication delivery technology that uses fibre optic material opposed to the copper based infrastructure wiring witnessed in current ADSL2+ and landline phone services. FTTP differentiates from other similar fibre based communication methods such as Fibre to the Node (FTTN), Fibre to the Curb (FTTC) and Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC – that Telstra BigPond currently use), as it bypasses the ‘last mile’ copper wires that these methods require.



Why do Australians need FTTP?
Touted as the biggest Infrastructure project that Australia has ever seen, I can understand why many average Aussies may be concerned and or scratching their heads and asking why do we need a super fast broadband network such as this. After all, we’re talking about investing $43 billion now, and not $4.7 billion any more.



I suspect that many average Australians are ignorant of the potential future benefits, innovations and business opportunities that a high speed FTTP National Broadband Network will invite. It’s quite possible that many people are merely thinking that a new FTTP network will just provide faster broadband in order to deliver triple play services such as IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) bundled with Broadband and Home Phone services. Well I can tell you that’s only the beginning.



Firstly we could start with improvements in Home, Recreation and Business automation technology. Fast FTTP broadband will also assist Australia both nationally and on a global scale to acquire new business opportunities and become more competitive on the world platform. But then there’s Innovation!



Robust Broadband could provide the ability for consultations with Doctors, Accountants, Bank Managers etc… from home via Video type conferencing to their practice. People with medical conditions can be monitored more closely and on a frequent basis. It’s also been stated that Medical Specialists and Surgeons will eventually be able to perform delicate operations on patients while being on the opposite side of the globe!



This is only the beginning. These possibilities, like many new and emerging innovative services and business that fast Broadband will breed, could also create a run on effect for the environment (e.g Alleviate traffic congestion) which will also impact positively on our everyday lives (E.g. Less pollution).



FTTP is more than just improving your Broadband download speeds. Broadband is a revolution and the new upcoming Fibre to the Premises Broadband Network is a stepping stone to the next level.



Search and compare fast ADSL2+ and Cable Broadband Internet Plans right here at Broadband Guide.


Aust Gov to build $43 billion 21st Century National Broadband Network

And the winner is… The Australian People!



Putting the future of Australia first, the Federal Government today announced that it has scrapped requests for proposals on the NBN by effectively terminating this process on 7 April 2009 and simultaneously announcing a new $43 billion project in which the Australian Federal Government will build, own and operate a new high speed National Broadband Network over the next eight years.



The Government envisions the future broadband network to predominantly use FTTP – Fibre to the Premises (aka FTTH – Fibre to the Home) which consists of fibre optic technology. It’s still unclear what remote and regional parts of Australia will use for Broadband delivery, although it’s been suggested that developments in new Wireless technology could play a significant roll in these areas.



A new NBN process will commence immediately with the Federal Government to establish a company to build and operate the initial $4.7 billion stage of the broadband network. This includes an overhaul on ‘blackspots’ throughout the country along with work on a new FTTP and Wireless network in Tasmania to start as early as July 2009.



Telecommunication regulatory reform has also been announced with the Government seeking views and opinions on making the broadband regime more effective, especially in regards to the churning process which involves consumers migrating or transferring from their existing ADSL or Cable connections to new high speed broaband Internet access on the upcoming new Broadband Network infrastructure.



Stay tuned to Youcompare and Broadband Guide for further NBN developments!


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