Australia ranks beyond 30 in global fibre take-up

In the latest global fibre-to-the-home/building rankings release, statistics show that Australia is lagging behind 30 other developed countries who have at least one percent of fibre to the premises take-up.

The FTTH Council rankings has South Korea leading the way with an impressive 50% penetration while the likes of Hong Kong 46% and Japan 43% come in a close second and third respectively.

At the other end of the spectrum, countries such as Malaysia, Ukraine, Canada, Turkey and even Romania (30th) make the list while Australia is still yet to register.

It’s anticipated that Australia will rocket up this list over the next few years as the National Broadband Network starts to take shape.

26Tbps Record Speed Proves NBN Fibre Longevity

Alan Jones Spruiks Labor NBN Unknowingly
Cash for comments radio jock Alan Jones never ceases to amaze as his misleading comments continue to come back and haunt him. Known for his liberal minded point of view, the prominent 2GB front man essentially labelled the NBN technology as obsolete after hearing news of a new ‘laser’ data transmission speed record that was recently broken in Germany.

Little did he realise that the Australian National Broadband Network uses exactly the same optic fibre technology and consequentially, his ignorant point of view has actually bolstered the Labor Government’s NBN case and the longevity of fibre optic broadband.

“The NBN that they’re going to roll out will be up to 100Mbps, down to 12Mbps in some areas … The Germans have done 26 terabits. that’s 26 million megabits per second. We’re going to get a hundred. Not a hundred million — a hundred megabits per second. Their 26 terabits is 2.6 million times faster than what we’re getting. And Canberra want us to believe that the technology we’re spending up to 60 billion on, won’t be updated by the time it’s rolled out. Of course, they’re kidding!”

Here the live audio feed here: Alan Jones Comments – the NBN in perspective. Read more at

Updated by Ronnie 1.20pm 26/05/2011

26Tbps Record Speed Proves NBN Fibre Longevity
A 26 terabit per second fibre optic data transmission speed test which smashed the previous 10 terabit broadband speed record set back in 2010 essentially proves the decision was right to use fibre optic cable over other competing technologies for Australia’s national broadband network construction.

Scientists at Germany’s Karlsruhe Institute of Technology have finally given the Gillard Government and NBN Co chief Mike Quigley something to smile about when they set a new data transmission speed record that could effectively send the equivalent of 200,000 high res images, 400 million phone calls or 700 DVDs across 50km in one second.

This type of technology could perhaps one day transmit similar super fast speeds over distances of 50 to 100km, or even further if amplified, and would act as an excellent transmission method for bandwidth hungry cloud computing, 3D television and high quality teleconferencing services. This is not to mention yet to be invented future virtual reality applications and automation services that we’ll all be using in years to come.

After hearing the news of the record breaking broadband speed test, NBN Co chief technology officer Gary McLaren was believed to have stated that the respective results indicate the decision to use fibre to 93% of Australia’s population was the right way to go and that we can now be confident the NBN Co are implementing the right technology to ensure longevity for a fibre optic broadband network for decades to come.


Updated by Ronnie 10.40am 26/05/2011

NBN implementation study to be released

Updated 13.04.2010 by Ronnie

The upcoming release of the National Broadband Network  implementation study perhaps holds the vital key for the Government’s ambitions of retaining office  in the upcoming election.  Contents of the study will finally reveal  fundamental and crucial information on how the NBN will be constructed and operated while finer details may uncover how much it will really cost, how it will benefit Australians  and who will be funding the network.

The NBN campaign is no doubt one of the highest agenda’s of the Government and failing to win over the public could essentially lead to the public losing confidence in the Government, and more importantly the election. This is why the Minister on Broadband and Communications ‘Stephen Conroy’ will very carefully evaluate the study and then present his finding on behalf of the Government to the public.

Up until now, I’m inclined to think the majority of the public specifically believes that the NBN will only deliver ‘faster broadband’ and as a consequence, may believe it’s a waste of tax payer’s money because – A. They already have fast Broadband, and – B. What do they need ‘faster’ broadband for?

Kevin Rudd and Stephen Conroy’s face a huge challenge to portray the study’s  findings to the general public as gospel. In other words they need to thoroughly explain  the future benefits that the NBN will offer and more to the point, make the majority of Australian’s believe the NBN is generally an essential investment for our long term future and prosperity. 

So what can we expect?
Communication Alliances’ lead consultant for the National Broadband Network ‘Paul Brooks’  believes the NBN implementation study will show the Government how the NBN can be funded and their investment returned whilst also enabling them to educate the public on the many benefits the NBN will hold. Mr Brooks stated in a recent interview that the general public are still relatively unaware of the NBN’s benefits and that the Government will now be able to raise awareness in many various areas. 

Many Industry experts know that a National Broadband Network under the ‘right conditions’ will play a significant role through innovative opportunities that will produce faster broadband speeds and services in both the private and public sectors. New opportunities and employment in education, health and insurance sectors will be available through a National broadband Network.

In closing  Mr Brooks suggested that Australian’s have never experienced a national project of this proportion and still didn’t realise the potential of the NBN. That’s why the release and interpretation of the implementation study will have great importance and insight to the opportunities the NBN will bring.  It’s now up to the Federal Government to take this information and really drive home the importance of the NBN for Australia.


Minister for Broadband and Communications Senator Stephen Conroy has stated the McKinsey and KPMG’s 500 page NBN implementation study will be revealed prior to the Federal Government’s Budget this coming May.

The eagerly anticipated document, which supposedly cost the tax payer $25 million dollars to complete, is essentially expected to display the facts on how the Government will construct, manage and operate an Australian fibre-to-the-home network with an open access regime.

Up until now, many sceptics and industry analysts, including the liberal opposition, have been heavily canvassing the Federal Government to release it’s national broadband network implementation study in order to find out exactly what the proposed $43 billion dollar NBN will consist of.

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.

Have your say on new Broadband Network

Got an opinion on the forthcoming new Broadband national network for Australia? The federal Government is giving the Australian public two weeks to have their say on plans for the new $4.7 billion Broadband Network.

Communications Minister ‘Stephen Conroy’ stated that the government values any input from individuals and organisations toward the panel for their consideration for the new network. So if you have some insight that you think might be valuable, you have until March 30th to lodge your submission.

“I am sure there are a number of individuals and organisations that are interested in the Australian broadband market and that will be able to provide informed submissions to aid in the panel’s consideration of the issues.

“The Government values their input to this very important process, which will secure Australia’s digital future for many years to come,” Senator Conroy said.

Read the entire ‘Broadband network seeks public input’ article at

FTTH Broadband Network – Still a possibilty

According to Federal Communications Minister ‘Stephen Conroy’, a Fibre-to-the-Home nework is still a very realistic proposition for tenders, although the Government isn’t prepared to pay any more for it?

Labor has already pledged $4.7 billion toward the development of a new high speed Broadband network which is meant to deliver minimum speeds of at least 12 Megabit-per-second to 98 per cent of Australia’s population.

Network specifications are expected to be released in the next couple of weeks and Senator Conroy stated that he would welcome any Fibre to the Home (FTTH) proposals. With healthy interest from consortium’s seeking to bid for tender rights using a Fibre-to-the-Node blueprint, the possibility of a few FTTH network proposals still remains high.

There’s no doubt that a FTTH Broadband network would be the way to go, but this would obviously require a higher government pledge than that already allocated at  $4.7 billion ($10 billion would be more realistic). I wouldn’t be at all surprised, although it may seem like a sheer waste of time, that the government may obtain a tender that has plans for developing a national FTTN network with the ability of upgrading to FTTH down the track.  

“There’s a number of consortiums talking to us about fibre-to-the-home and I have been engaged in a number of discussions,”

“Fibre-to-the-home has some wonderful potential but it is more costly and people have got to build the business case, they can’t expect the government’s going to give more than $4.7 billion,”

Snippets courtesy from a article

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