What Happened With The NBN This Week?

A variety of reasons have meant it's been a while since the last NBN roundup. Fortunately, there's still plenty to talk about this week.

• Remember how Tony Abbott took almost a week before he turned the Queensland floods into a political battleground over the NBN? Well, the fallout continues, with ABC News reporting that the Unions representing NBN workers aren't happy with the argument. Unsurprising, really. But the article does have a great quote from NBNCo CEO Mike Quigley:

"Fibre doesn't carry an electrical current. It's not metallic, it's glass which means that if it is submerged for a period of time it will just continue to work,"

"So as long as the two ends, which is would what be in an exchange and in what would be in a premise are still above the water line, the communication service would remain up."

He then goes on to say that engineers are rethinking just how high those end points should be. In other words, they're learning from the disaster and using that to improve their rollout. Nice.

• Over the weekend, Tasmanian Premier David Bartlett resigned for personal reasons. He was a big supporter of the NBN, and the move has raised some questions about the NBN's rollout in Tassie. Ultimately, it probably won't effect it too much.

• Telstra seems to be struggling to get everything done on time for their June deadline, when shareholders will vote on their deal with NBN Co, according to the SMH. The Herald quotes analysts from Goldman Sachs who say the June timeframe is optimistic, given that there still needs to be an ACCC review of fixed line pricing, although there's no mention of what happens if they fail to meet the deadline. I'm guessing a world where we all have to watch 2012 everyday on Telstra mobiles.

• Despite Abbott's continued attempts to derail it, Prime Minister Julia Gillard has continued to defend the NBN this week, claiming that "2011 remains a year when I will be delivering the National Broadband Network" according to Computerworld. I can't wait to see her personally installing the cable.

• A report from research frim Market Clarity found that despite broadband caps growing more than 20 times since 2006, the amount of data consumed has only multiplied by 5.3. But as the GGG points out, that's not an indication the NBN is a waste of money, as it “overlooks the complex relationship between user behaviour, the volume of data downloaded and the speed of the connection”.

• Tasmanian NBN customers have received a bit of a boost this week, with ITNews pointing out that NBN Co has upgraded the uplink speed of residential plans from 8Mbps to 40Mbps on all 100Mbps download plans. Just imagine how quickly you could upload that video of your cat dancing to Britney Spears with that kind of upload speed, would you?



    The NBN has fail written all over it. I've said it before and I'll say it again. The government had their chance to give Australia a high class broadband network, yet they decided to sell Telstra off. Big mistake. The government should of kept the network and made Telstra a provider and not a suppler. Now the government have realized there mistake and is getting Telstra to help with the infrastructure. Which if the government never sold off in the first place would not have all these issue with Telstra trying to get ready.

    Telstra will be the killer blow in all of this.

    What worries me is that on page 118 of the NBNCo Corporate Plan (http://www.nbnco.com.au/wps/wcm/connect/main/site-base/main-areas/publications-and-announcements/latest-announcements/nbn-co-corporate-plan-released), there is a chart showing that 50% of users will be connecting at 12/1Mbps for the foreseeable future (beyond 2028). More depressing is that 1Gbps connections don't appear on the chart until 2026.

    The NBNCo on page 116 states that wireless only premises (currently 13%) are sensitive to price of NBN services. This suggests that wireless operators could target 50% of the NBNCo customers and gain market share. The biggest advantage of the NBN is speed, and yet with tiered AVC charges it looks like NBNCo are giving up that advantage.

    Now why should that concern us? Under section 9.8 Risks of the Revenue Forecasts (page 132), there is this statement: 'As mitigation, NBN Co has the flexibility to regularly monitor, and adjust accordingly, the rate at which nominal prices are reduced in order to maintain the revenues in case of lower volumes of demand.' So basically if people don't connect and use the NBN ... prices won't fall.

    thank god the uplink speed is good now...

    the NBN is not about sitting there being a consumer whore...
    its about collaborative, constructive p2p.

    I've said it before and I'll say it again, this is an expensive failure in the making. By the time it's switched on, it will be outdated. You can't serve outback Australia with expensive cabling when remote wireless hubs will do the same for much much less (Telstra now testing 100mbps wireless hardware). Reported speeds won't match the actual speed and we'll all say what a con this has been. My question is, why is this government (and Nick Broughall) hell bent on backing this dead donkey all the way to our empty hip pockets? Answer, ask the unions what deal they've been given to milk this cash cow. Also, Nick you should disclose your connections and/or allegiances with the labor party. You keep politicising this issue at every turn. But you won't post response this like you don't post any contrary view on this subject. You're more transparent than my grannies undies mate. Perhaps you'd make a better script writer for Gillard than a quasi tech blogger. Hmmmmm?


      I always let comments through that disagree with me so long as they don't make unjust accusations or abuse people. In this case I'll let it slide.

      In my 13 years of voting, I've voted for all the major parties, depending on who I thought would best represent my ideologies. It says a lot about you that you automatically assume anyone who disagrees with you is a paid stooge. Especially when the slightest bit of research will show that no other site campaigned harder than we did AGAINST the Labor party's internet filter.

      So I'll say it again: *sigh*

      Nick must only posts negative opinions when the comment includes a "you'll never post this comment anyway" line cause I see a heap of them ("you'll never post this comment anyway" lines) in the comments related to NBN articles!

      I think Nick supports the NBN because it's the best possible policy situation to:
      1) build a next generation communications network that benefits the majority of Australians (not just those that live in profitable pockets of Metro areas, a la Foxtel and Optus Cable serviced areas)
      2) regain some semblance of proper competition in the communications sector.

      It's not the ideal situation which, as Dan Miller above points out, would have been a Government owned Telstra slowly building out a next gen network using profits from the fixed line copper network (Simultaneously retiring the copper as it was overbuilt). But it's the best of a less than ideal list of options available.

      Interesting take on reality there Kroo. Perhaps you'd like to back up all of your claims with actual facts next time, rather than ridiculous assumptions and speculation combined with attacks on individuals who are merely reporting on the facts. The NBN is up and running, people are using it in Tasmania and this so called "dead donkey" is actually alive and kicking. Time to return to planet earth champ!

        *sigh* *do I have to explain everything to the blind*
        Telstra wireless testing http://www.channelnews.com.au/Networking_And_Wireless/Internet_B/R9Q3V2A4

        The truth about fibre optics http://www.hinterlandvoice.com.au/fibre-optic-cable-is-not-the-way-to-go-leonce-kealy

        And as for the Tasmanian "experiment". It was highly subsidised, to sell this puppy to the great unwashed. Nowhere has the COST to the user been clarified. Why not? It's an expensive outlay so it's a hidden fact, that's why. Go ahead and follow blindly and don't ask any pertinent questions about cost or developments in alternatives, or a combination of technologies. You can archive this, but it will be the biggest, most expensive rort/failure this country will have the misfortune to witness. The "give me NBN NOW" groupies can't look past the spiel. What about latency speeds across the undersea interconnecting cables?? You'd be lucky to see 40mbps at low capacity levels. Investment in wireless hubs is far less expensive and much easier/cheaper to update as technology pushes faster wireless speeds. Placing your bets on one horse is just dumb investment. I don't believe an NBN organisation should exist when public/private partnerships already exist with government. All the providers can tender for infrastructure rollout and leave the evil burden of a monopoly out of our lives. The government would save money and be able to offer subsidies to lower income families. You won't get low income families sign up to an expensive promise of faster download speeds. Think about it this way. When the Egyptian government turned off the internet, the only way users could access the internet was,....wait for it.... WIRELESS dialup workaround. And so because I choose to challenge the emperors new clothes, I am wrong. Sorry to burst your bubble but it ain't all what you think. Question what you believe, I did, and found the flaws. Don't complain when it doesn't stand up to your dreams. Just because you choose to vote one way, doesn't mean all they produce is great. PS. I vote independent.

    Where do you get the idea that Outback Australia, is going to be serviced by fibre?

    Unless your definition of Outback is "anywhere outside the metro areas of the top 20 cities".

      Exactly what I said. You can't service outback Australia with fibre. http://discuss.itwire.com/viewtopic.php?f=62&t=22804

      But the government spiel didn't point this out, unless you read the NBN co documents. 90% of the people I talk to believe this to be the case. Hence the reiteration of that fact. All this money and so little facts on the detail. Why? It is mine and your money. Shouldn't we ask? Why can't we know these details? Honestly, question everything you believe. I don't believe the opposition either as they're not relevant. They're not in government are they. If this a scare campaign to sway people to the NBN, then it's a disgrace. Report the facts, not the rhetoric, please!!!

    I agree with you nick. That kroo critic sounds like another Andrew Bolt.

    Very flimsy counter arguments against the NBN.
    "What about latency speeds across the undersea interconnecting cables??" Uhh you mean the latency measured in ms? Yeah, massive latency there. The bigger issue is bandwidth of the cables to make sure they're big enough, which is why they are upgrading them / adding new ones.

    "When the Egyptian government turned off the internet, the only way users could access the internet was,….wait for it…. WIRELESS dialup workaround." No, that only works if your ISP is located outside Egypt: http://www.zdnet.com.au/is-a-net-blackout-possible-down-under-339308850.htm also see http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/374883/can_australia_internet_switched_off_too_/ . Bad argument.

    " All the providers can tender for infrastructure rollout and leave the evil burden of a monopoly out of our lives." Oh yeah, because private enterprises are really leaping to build new infrastructure, providing us with plans at the same cost as we already pay for what we have now,that's a really solid economic plan /sarcasm.

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