Developing the best NBN strategy for Australia needs to take cost into consideration, and this article asserts that there is scope for NBN Co to improve its performance in this area. The article argues that FTTN/DSL solutions can deliver good quality broadband, and that the current HFC access netwokrs in Australia can be upgraded to provide next-generation speeds.
This paper provides a flexible upgrade path for the Australian National Broadband Network (NBN), given that the new federal government has a policy of altering the construction methodology to introduce a copper-based access system such as Fibre to the Node (FTTN). The operational advantages of eliminating FTTN cabinets by use of FTTS (Fibre to the Street) technology are spelled out.
You may be surprised to know that Australian residential fibre access to not exclusive to the nbn, and that competitive access has been in place since before the nbn.
The TelSoc is privileged to host Phil Smith from Opticom, an Australian pioneer in deployment of fibre explain the competitive fibre access environment in Australia and outline the pros and cons in the existing model.