06 December 2013

NBN Rollout - Some Interesting Facts

We now know only 30% of Tasmanians have so far taken-up the fiber optic option and connected. This should have been scoped-out first but obviously it wasn't. In the meantime the so-called 'line rental' of approx. $35 per month still rakes-in cash for a technology that is apparently obsolete.

No wonder many Australians have dumped fixed lines in favor of mobiles. They haven't won though because the 3 and 4G wireless network is really an internet data network with mobiles paying the highest charge per megabyte. Telstra has you by the balls whatever way you turn and to make matters worse Telstra have to provide your personal data to a foreign government. Meanwhile a succession of mentally-challenged Australian governments lurches forwards towards a techno-future they can't comprehend. Looking back at the NBN implementation it looks like building a car from the paint job backwards. Why wouldn't you have connected all of Australia's telephone exchanges and data centers to the fibre backbone first and then left it up to free enterprise to provide the last link to private residences? That way people could have the type of connection (and speed/cost) they want, POTS, ADSL, high-speed fibre, wireless or satellite.
I'm all in favor of high-speed internet by the way because I manage some websites and delay is money. Like many Australians I'm paying 4 different phone bills a month - line rental for the ADSL, VOIP and landline, plus a mobile account. I'm over it. I appreciate that my land line number will be transferable to NBN VOIP but why isn't it transferable to VOIP now? Why wasn't naked ADSL available in Tasmania? This seems more like government control rather than technology to help people. The last thing I want to see in Tasmania is 'fibre to the bogan' designed to keep politicians in power. I'm looking forward to the NBN even if I have to pay for it myself.

1 comment:

Matthew Wright said...

Because that wasn't going to work. It would lead to cherry picking. And Tasmania would include any cherries.

The NBN approach has been excellent in technology terms. It should not have had middlemen such as Leighton's etc between the NBNco and the 2nd tier contractors. That was definitely a mistake. Apart from that the network is relatively well designed. It could have had additional redundancy to the street passive optical splitter cabinets but this would have added more cost. This could certainly be added at a later time. (Ie two FSAMs feeding to each cabinet approaching from oppostie ends of the street with half the customers on each and enough redundant fibres to quickly patch customers over to the other network in the case of a prolonged outage.