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Australia - National Broadband Network - Developments and Analyses 2015


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Unfortunately, during the period 2009-2013 the NBN rollout became a political football, resulting in an environment where NBN (formerly NBN Co) experienced many constraints and constant diversions of management time and energy into non-productive activity. Under enormous political pressure NBN had to balance its plan between what is technically required to deliver a first-class infrastructure, on the one hand, and delivering as much as possible before the September 2013 election on the other.

After the election the new government had to further revise the rollout projections downward.

As promised, it will honour existing contracts that have been signed under the current government; and it has instructed NBN Co to come up with a plan that will see as much as possible from the original NBN plan salvaged, based on a more agnostic deployment of technologies.

There are many unusual' reasons why the rollout has seen so many delays the negotiations with Telstra and Telstra's asbestos scare are among the most notable ones. The question is whether these were simply one-offs and NBN Co should therefore be able to catch up; the foreshadowed review will reveal if that is possible or if the problem is more structural.

The next step after that is for RSPs to sign up customers for their broadband, service uptake among some the first sites is already climbing to 50%-60%.


1. Synopsis
2. Overview, updates and analyses of the roll out
2.1 Roll out update by the new Government
2.2 The initial announcement
2.3 Roll out progress report late 2012
2.4 Roll out update mid 2013
2.5 Take-up rates late 2013
2.6 New Singaporean entrant in FttP
3. Tasmania
3.1 NBN Pilot Roll out
3.1.1 Stages 1 and 2
3.1.2 Second release sites in Tasmania
3.1.3 Stage 3 of the roll out
3.1.4 Tassie cities next
3.1.5 Completing the Tasmania roll out
3.1.6 Fixed-wireless roll out
3.1.7 Hobart and Launceston
3.2 Other NBN related projects
3.2.1 Tasmanian SmartStreet Project
3.2.2 Tasmania's innovation strategy for NBN and smart grids
3.2.3 Broadband delivered by TV tested as part of the NBN
4. The first mainland release sites
4.1 Introduction
4.2 Armidale
4.3 Kiama
4.4 Willunga
5. Second-release sites
5.1 Nineteen new sites
5.2 Second construction phase
6. Detailed overview of the roll out program
6.1 National overview
6.2 Dapto first on the list for 2012
6.3 Eight more cities announced February 2012
6.4 Roll outs northern Queensland
6.5 Brunswick
6.6 98K more premises across the country
6.7 Newcastle
6.8 Western Sydney
6.9 Western Australia
6.10 ACT
6.11 Darwin
7. Multi-dwelling units
8. First fixed wireless roll outs
9. Roll out issues - Analysis
9.1 Community engagement
9.2 Inhouse networking
9.3 Existing FttH users?
9.4 Municipality Broadband
9.5 Real estate investment
9.6 Brownfield restrictions
10. Regional Backbone Blackspots Program (RBBP) - Historic
10.1 Background information
10.2 Adelaide blackspots receiving high-speed broadband
11. Related reports
Table 1 - Key NBN metrics for 30 June 2013
Table 2 - Deployment schedule for 2011-15 corporate plan
Table 3 - Deployment schedule for 2016-21 corporate plan
Table 4 Numbers of premises passed first release sites (incl. Tasmania)
Table 5 NBN pre-sales take up rates first release sites
Table 6 - NBN Co 2012 roll out schedule
Exhibit 1 The Regional Backbone Blackspots Program

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