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National Broadband Network - The Roll out - Australia

National Broadband Network - The Roll out - Australia

During the period 2009-2013 the NBN rollout became a political football, resulting in an environment where NBN Co experienced many constraints and constant diversions of management time and energy into non-productive activity. Under enormous political pressure NBN Co had to balance its plan between what is technically required to deliver a first-class infrastructure, on the one hand, and delivering as much as possible before the September 2013 election. This led to short cuts, underestimates of costs and wrong planning decisions.

After the election the new government announced significant changes to the plan, revised the rollout projections downward and launched a range of reviews.

It promised to honour existing contracts that have been signed under the previous government; and as most of the NBN budget had been locked in by the previous government it instructed NBN Co to come up with a plan that will see as much as possible from the original NBN plan salvaged, however, the FttH roll out would be replaced as soon as possible by a so called multi technology mix which will include VDSL and HFC.


1. Synopsis
2. Rollout update mid 2014
3. Roll out updates of revised NBN
3.1 19,000 premises cut over to FttH
3.2 Roll out changes under the new Government
3.3 Multi technology mix
3.4 NBN fibre basements rollout starts later in 2014
3.5 Review of the regional roll out 2014
3.6 Fixed roll out update March 2014
3.7 Roll out update early 2014
3.7.1 FttN trial programmes
3.8 Gosford Council - NBN fibre via Ausgrid
3.9 Multi dwelling units
3.10 More details on the HFC plans
4. Original roll out program 2010-2013
4.1 The initial announcement
4.2 Roll out progress report late 2012
4.3 Roll out update mid 2013
4.4 Take-up rates late 2013
4.5 NBN Co breaks out state-based rollout data
5. Tasmania
5.1 NBN aerial deployment
5.2 Aurora's NBN report tabled in the Senate - 2014
5.3 NBN pilot roll out
5.3.1 Stages 1 and 2
5.3.2 Second release sites in Tasmania
5.3.3 Stage 3 of the roll out
5.3.4 Tassie cities next
5.3.5 Completing the Tasmania roll out
5.3.6 Fixed-wireless roll out
5.3.7 Hobart and Launceston
5.4 Other NBN related projects
5.4.1 Tasmanian SmartStreet Project
5.4.2 Tasmania's innovation strategy for NBN and smart grids
5.4.3 Broadband delivered by TV tested as part of the NBN
6. The first mainland release sites
6.1 Introduction
6.2 Armidale
6.3 Kiama
6.4 Willunga
7. Second-release sites
7.1 Nineteen new sites
7.2 Second construction phase
8. Detailed overview of the roll out program
8.1 National overview
8.2 Dapto first on the list for 2012
8.3 Eight more cities announced February 2012
8.4 Roll outs northern Queensland
8.5 Brunswick
8.6 98K more premises across the country
8.7 Newcastle
8.8 Western Sydney
8.9 Perth
8.10 Geraldton
8.11 ACT
8.12 Darwin
9. Multi-dwelling units
10. First fixed wireless roll outs
11. Roll out issues - analysis
11.1 Community engagement
11.2 Inhouse networking
11.3 Existing FttH users?
11.4 Municipality Broadband
11.5 Real estate investment
11.6 Brownfield restrictions
12. Regional Backbone Blackspots Program (RBBP) - Historic
12.1 Background information
12.2 Adelaide blackspots receiving high-speed broadband
13. Related reports
Table 1 Communities in NSW where build preparation is underway mid 2014
Table 2 - Communities in Victoria where build preparation is underway - mid 2014
Table 3 - Communities in Queensland where build preparation is underway - mid 2014
Table 4 - Communities in WA where build preparation is underway - mid 2014
Table 5 - Communities in Tasmania where build preparation in underway - mid 2014
Table 6 - Communities in South Australia where build preparation is underway - mid 2014
Table 7 NBN Co' key operational data 2012 - 2013
Table 8 - Key NBN metrics for 30 June 2013
Table 9 - Deployment schedule for 2011-15 corporate plan
Table 10 - Deployment schedule for 2016-21 corporate plan
Table 11 Numbers of premises passed first release sites (incl. Tasmania)
Table 12 NBN pre-sales take up rates first release sites
Table 13 - NBN Co 2012 roll out schedule
Exhibit 1 - FttN trial areas
Exhibit 2 The Regional Backbone Blackspots Program

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