Australia - National Broadband Network - The NBN company

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Australia - National Broadband Network - The NBN company

NBN Co was launched in April 2009 as a government business enterprise (GBE), wholly owned by the Commonwealth of Australia. It is overseen by shareholder ministers' the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy and the Minister of Finance and Deregulation. NBN Co in 2015 was rebranded as NBN, and is here cited separately to the NBN (as the infrastructure).

The purpose of the company 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 will be connected to an LTE-based fixed wireless network, and this includes the very remote ones who will be linked to a satellite network.

With the arrival of a new government the original plan will be replaced by what they call an Optimised Multi-Technology Mix'. While details of this plan are slowly emerging it won't be until 2015 before the extent of the changes become clear.

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. It is a move away from a pure Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) plan to a multi-technology approach deploying FttP, FttN, FttB/DP and HFC in addition to fixed wireless and satellite.

The fixed telecoms part of the plan envisions a split of:

26% FttP
44% FttN
30% HFC

NBN Co said that this would result in 40% to 45% of the fixed line footprint with speeds of at least 25 Mbps in 2016, 90% with speeds of 50 Mbps in 2019 and nearly 100% of the footprints with speeds of 25 Mbps by the end of 2020.

This report also provides financial and operational information regarding NBN Cos corporate plan, including forecasts. This outlines the original plans for the competitive pricing for wholesale broadband, including a basic service offering with a uniform national wholesale access price.

1. Synopsis
2. NBN Corporate Plan for the period 2014 2018
3. Achievements for 2014/2015
4. NBN Co's corporate plan for FY2014-17
5. Results 2015
5.1 Results second quarter 2015
5.2 NBN Results first quarter 2015
5.2.1 Roll out updates
5.2.2 Financial updates
5.3 NBN Co results December 2014
5.3.1 Cost per premise
5.4 Progress towards the Multi-Technology Mix
6. NBN Co's full year 2014 financial results
6.1 Introduction
6.2 Financial Results
6.3 Rollout statistics
6.4 Three year construction plan 2015-2018
7. The network plan
7.1 Overall design and architecture
7.2 User access to the network
7.3 The backhaul network
7.4 ACCC location of 121 POIs
7.5 Points-of-interconnect (POI) architecture
7.6 Paid for Network Extension
7.7 IPv6 transition
8. NBN Co buys TransACT
9. Mobile backhaul
9.1 NBN for mobile infrastructure
9.2 Technical trials
9.3 Early testing results from Vodafone
10. HFC equipment
11. Telstra upgrades pit and pipe infrastructure
12. NBN Infrastructure Co-Development Program
13. NBN Co 2009- 2013 (Historic)
14. Other reports
List of Tables and Exhibits
Table 1 - Premises Ready for Service 2014-2018
Table 2 - Premises Activated 2014 - 2018
Table 3 - Technology mix 2012
Table 4 - Weighted average cost per premise by technology
Table 5 - Key financial statistics NBN company
Table 6 NBN 2018 target Estimated number of premises under construction by September 2018
Table 7 - Telecommunications revenue by quarter
Table 8 Premise activated cumulative active end users by quarter
Table 9 Capital Expenditure 2012 - 2014
Table 10 NBN Co Revenue 2012 - 2014
Table 11 NBN ARPU 2013 - 2014
Table 12 NBN Co' key operational data 2012 - 2014
Table 13 NBN Premises Activated 2011 - 2014
Table 14 - List of points of interconnection to the National Broadband Network - November 2012
Exhibit 1 - IT Platform and capabilities

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