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Australia - National Broadband Network - NBN 2.0

Australia - National Broadband Network - NBN 2.0

When in opposition the Coalition parties initially indicated they would kill the NBN when they would come in power. Political reality made them change their position from kill' to a cheaper and faster' solution. The emphasis would change from FttP to FttN, the HFC network would be used and MDUs would be serviced by a VDSL vectoring technology. They also announced a range of reviews which would be independent and technology neutral. However, the review basically delivered the outcome that the parties had indicated except that the cheaper and faster' promise was abandoned. Instead of the $29bn it would now cost $41bn and instead to deliver their fast broadband service by 2016, that had changed to a period that now includes up to 2019.

Leaving the predetermined technological choices aside, the new government has now created a far more complex roll out plan which will be more difficult to execute and also with significant unknown costs attached to it.

However, perhaps the most critical point of the plan is that it will fail to deliver a ubiquitous broadband network to Australia and such an infrastructure is critical if nationwide digital productivity is to be achieved and consistent national healthcare and educational services need to be delivered.

1. Synopsis
2. The new plan of the new government
3. Analysis of NBN 2.0
3.1 Two competing NBN offerings
3.2 The multi-technology NBN
3.3 Design and rollout problems
3.4 Contracts, negotiations and regulations
3.5 The execution
3.6 Current FttH plan requires simplification
3.7 So on to the next review in 2016?
3.8 Still missing a national vision
4. Other reports

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