The NBN rollout is several years into the project; a recently released report from the ACCC has given insights into the wholesale market and initial market indicators show that the market is becoming less competitive. This paper examines the costs of interconnecting with the NBN and demonstrates why the NBN has not achieved its goal of providing a level playing field for all telecommunication companies. By looking at the true cost of providing NBN services to NBN users, it is shown that the NBN pricing model is flawed and will affect the quality of service being provided to Australians.
This paper analyses the value of FTTN and FTTP along financial and non-financial dimensions. It reports on an open, public, dynamic ?value model? of FTTN and FTTP, and showcases two visual tools to enable assessment of their multiple, competing, emerging and slippery ?value dimensions?. The paper reports and compares empirically-derived FTTN and FTTP value dimensions from recent Ministerial Speeches at CommsDay Summit 2016 and Government expert reports with the value model.
On 22 June 2016, Mike Quigley, the founding CEO of NBN Co, gave an address to TelSoc on his insights into, and predictions for, the Australian National Broadband Network (NBN). This article provides a brief summary of his presentation and a commentary on some of the issues raised.
Australia is facing numerous challenges in its attempt to upgrade its telecom infrastructure. This paper summarises the little-known and even less understood history of telecom development in the USA. The authors believe this may provide useful ideas for Australian telecom policy and development that have not yet been considered.
For the coalition to accuse Labor of lying on broadband policy is the height of hypocrisy
The impact of the NBN on the future of Australia's connectivity, technological developments, and networked society remains an important topic. Mike Quigley was the first employee of NBN Co and its CEO for four years. He will reflect on the ups and downs of the NBN project over the past several years, and considers the various options to complete the NBN.
You too can be an NBN Retail Service Provider! This presentation will provide insights into the opportunities and challenges of the NBN. Focussing on wholesale and why it is crucial to have a thriving competitive market outside of the big 4. Also, how can a a next generation wholesaler overcome barriers to enable competition and reduce the monopolistic power in the telco market.
Akamai now ranks Australia's Internet service as 60th in the world. "Serious experts agree that the right telecom infrastructure for the next century consists of universal FTTH on the ground and a universal wireless cloud above, supported by the FTTH foundation. But you don't need a national monopoly to achieve this. And private monopolies are just as bad. Indeed, a monopoly of any kind is usually counterproductive. US developments are proving that you can build the future network --even in sparse rural areas--- with multiple parties, even small ones on a purely commercial basis with private money.....And do it faster and better than either private or government monopoly typically does. Would this work in Australia?"
This paper presents a position and identifies future research necessary to support the transition from the universal service regime to a universal access regime that enshrines the principle of ensuring that federal, state and local egovernment and other specified digital services are reasonably accessible to all, on an equitable basis, wherever they work or live.
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.
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