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Australia - National Broadband Network - The FttH Rollout

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Unfortunately the NBN rollout has become a political football. Under enormous political pressure NBN Co has to balance its plan between what is technically required to deliver a first-class infrastructure on the one hand, and on the other to deliver as much as possible before the September 2013 election, to make it harder for a possible Coalition government to wind down the rollout after the election.

The Coalition has indicated that it will honour existing contracts that have been signed under the current government. If that promise is honoured we will see completion of approximately half of the FttH rollout – which is currently under contract – by 2016.

While there have been initial setbacks, and not all problems have been ironed out, the overall rollout is proceeding as planned, with NBN Co having stated that by mid-2013 it was reaching its daily target of around 6,000 premises being passed. From here onwards free connection to premises will take place on an on-demand basis; current indications are that more than 90% of premises are requesting a connection.

The next step after that is for RSPs to sign up customers for their broadband services. Service uptake among the first release sites are already with 12-18 months climbing to 50%-60%.

1. Synopsis
2. Overview, updates and analyses of the roll out
2.1 Introduction and overview
2.2 The initial announcement
2.3 Roll out progress report late 2012
2.4 Roll out update mid 2013
2.5 National NBN roll out on target by mid 2013
2.6 Analysis of the roll out – mid 2013
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 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 South Morang
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
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 2011-21 corporate plan
Table 3 – Numbers of premises passed – first release sites (incl. Tasmania)
Table 4 – NBN pre-sales take up rates first release sites
Table 5 - NBN Co 2012 roll out schedule
Exhibit 1 – The Regional Backbone Blackspots Program

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