Australia - National Broadband Network - The NBN company
The goal of the nbn, the company overseeing Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) project, is to build a nationwide, wholesale-only, high-speed, open broadband network. Since its inception it has been selecting technology and designing the network and systems, as well as developing a wholesale product offering.
In its original plan under the previous government, the company would connect 93% of homes, schools and workplaces to an optical fibre network (fibre-to-the-premises FTTP), providing high-speed broadband services to Australians in urban and regional towns. The remaining 7% of premises would be connected to an LTE-based fixed wireless network, and for those outside these footprints to a satellite network.
With the arrival of a new government, the original plan was replaced by what they call an Optimised Multi-Technology Mix'.
By late 2017 there were 14 NBN wholesale providers offering a mix of backhaul and wholesale aggregation services to RSPs seeking to tap into its access network and interconnect points.
Despite the downgrade the government promised that under the new plan at least 90% of Australians would get broadband speeds of about 50Mb/s by year-end 2019.
The new plan would cost $41 billion (which has since been increased to approx $50 billion). It is a move away from a pure FTTP plan to a multi-technology approach deploying FTTP, FTTN, FTTB/DP and HFC in addition to fixed wireless and satellite.
This report also provides financial and operational information regarding the NBN as well as the company's corporate plan, including forecasts. It also provides on overview of the various network developments and analyses as they occur over the roll our period.