The National Broadband Network (NBN) should create long-term benefit for Australia. The most direct effect is to increase the availability of high-speed broadband. Based on publicly available information and census data, we can show where and by how much higher broadband speeds will be available to Australian households and businesses. In this presentation, we show maps of where broadband availability is improved by the NBN.
The NBN also triggers other changes. In an earlier presentation to TelSoc, we emphasised the potential economic benefits. Now, we can update the economic results and look at the early evidence that the NBN is making a difference to business in Australia. We also discuss other factors, such as the carbon footprint generated by the NBN.
This presentation is largely based on the Ph.D. work by Sascha Suessspeck at the University of Melbourne. A related paper has been published in the March 2018 issue of the Australian Journal of Telecommunications and the Digital Economy.
After Leith's presentation ends at 1.30pm, there will be an opportunity for you to network with your industry colleagues over tea and coffee until 2.00pm.
Leith Campbell is an Honorary Fellow at the Melbourne School of Engineering, University of Melbourne. He has had a career of over 30 years in telecommunications research and development, beginning in the 1980s at the now-fabled Bell Telephone Laboratories in the US, where he worked on access network planning when optical fibre was just appearing in the local loop.
Returning to Australia in the late 1980s, he worked at Telstra Research Laboratories and later was CEO of the Australian Telecommunications Cooperative Research Centre. In his last full-time position, he worked at Ovum as an international telecommunications consultant.