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.
This paper spells out the negative consequences of the Government’s policy to remove the NBN Co’s current monopoly in providing fixed broadband access infrastructure: for the federal budget, for the competition framework in telecommunications, for a forced premature sale of NBN Co, and for the affordable rollout of high-speed broadband access across the nation.
Journalism enterprises which serve populations ‘on the move’ using telecommunications are supported by a strong economic rationale and the existence of historical precedents. The paper demonstrates that the international and domestic movement of passengers, cargo and discrete groups of linked individuals represents a new productivity opportunity for Australia.
This paper outlines the technological capacities of NBN-based multicast Internet Protocol Television (IPTV), and examines public comment and interview data from ISPs, sports organisations and NBN Co. regarding their intentions for IPTV delivery. The paper points out the important role that regulators will have in maintaining diversity and competition in IPTV services.
The National Broadband Network (NBN) has the potential to transform economic and social relations. But realising that potential requires universal take-up and significant utilisation of the NBN. This paper examines how NBN wholesale pricing can help to do this. It introduces a mark-up concept to build a bridge between wholesale and retail prices, provides a yard-stick for how we might define affordable retail pricing and suggests how an entry level wholesale price can be specified to deliver that and enable low income customers to access the NBN.
This paper provides an overview of presentations and discussion at the October 2012 “Converging on an NBN Future” symposium held at the University of Canberra. The paper notes the need for increased digital literacy across society, industry and governments. Policy issues are discussed and recommendations made for advancing the NBN.
This paper reports initial findings from two of the latest research projects commissioned by Innovation and Business Skills Australia. Studies into digital literacy and adoption of information technology and broadband services at three of the earliest NBN release sites show that the readiness to compete in the Digital Economy is affected by the ability to acquire specific ICT skills.
In this paper we outline a number of matters that have been raised in relation to Deep-fibre Fibre-to-the-Distribution-Point (FTTdp), and address practical ways that FTTdp can be expected to deliver a maximum overall cost-benefit outcome for the Australian NBN. We conclude that FTTdp must be honestly evaluated if the nation is to achieve a maximal NBN capability outcome.
This paper addresses the limitations of the Australian government's new NBN policy (11 December 2014) and proposes some changes in approach which share the objectives of the policy but without compromising access speed. The changes will eliminate the lead-in cost entirely and will introduce infrastructure competition in the long-term interests of end-users. They will accelerate the NBN roll-out and ensure that the national infrastructure is responsive to future technologies, market demands and business opportunities.