Australia - National Broadband Network - NBN Co 2.0

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Australia - National Broadband Network - NBN Co 2.0

When in opposition the Coalition parties initially indicated they would kill the NBN when they came to power. Political reality made them change their position from kill it' 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 number of reviews which would be independent and technology-neutral. However the reviews basically delivered the outcome that the parties had predicted, except that the cheaper and faster' promise was abandoned. Instead of $29bn it would now cost $41bn and the delivery date of 2016 for their fast broadband service changed to a timeframe that now goes up to 2019.

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

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

1. Synopsis
2. How independent is NBN Co? analysis late 2014
3. The new plan of the new government
4. Backgrounder NBN Co - 2009 - 2013
5. NBN Co's full year 2014 financial results
5.1 Introduction
5.2 Financial Results
5.3 Rollout statistics
6. Analysis of NBN 2.0
6.1 Two competing NBN offerings
6.2 The multi-technology NBN
6.3 Design and rollout problems
6.4 Contracts, negotiations and regulations
6.5 The execution
6.6 Current FttH plan requires simplification
6.7 So on to the next review in 2016?
6.8 Still missing a national vision
7. Other reports
Table 1 Capital Expenditure 2012 - 2014
Table 2 NBN Co Revenue 2012 - 2014
Table 3 NBN ARPU 2013 - 2014
Table 4 NBN Co' key operational data 2012 - 2014
Table 5 NBN Premises Activated 2011 - 2014

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