What Happened With The NBN This Week?

What Happened With The NBN This Week?

The NBN got a large scale analysis, Telstra delivered a revised structural separation document and Optus spent a lot of money on wireless spectrum in this week’s wrap of NBN issues.

• Telstra announced that it has lodged its revised structural separation agreements with the ACCC; so far it appears that the ACCC is happy with them [Gizmodo]

• The ABC’s Technology + Games site ran a lengthy — exceptionally lengthy — analysis of the coverage of the NBN. It’s a bit messy in places, but well worth a read — with a large cup of coffee or two. [ABC Technology+Games]

• One of the things that the ABC piece touches on is the issue of a cost benefit study into NBN implementation. One has been done — but it’s for New Zealand. We haven’t annexed New Zealand (yet). [ITWire]

• A survey showed support for the NBN sat at a solid level of 56 percent, which was widely reported as being a resounding victory for the NBN. Analysis shows that this isn’t the whole story; while most folks still support it, there’s been a shift in the undecided/slightly anti crowd into a more solid no-NBN position. [ITWire]

• The NBN struck back at critics that alleged that its special access undertaking would put it outside the remit of the ACCC when it came to pricing issues. [ARN]

• If you ever wanted the NBN equivalent of a supreme pizza with extra toppings, small ISP SkyMesh launched its NBN plans this week especially for you. $105/month isn’t cheap, but it comes with a hefty 2TB of data. [Delimiter]

• Wireless is often touted by those who oppose the NBN spend as a viable technology. These people don’t understand physics or fibre, but clearly wireless will be a part of the NBN as well as of future communications, and this week Optus announced plans to lay down $230 million for Vividwireless, largely in order to snaffle up the spectrum licences it holds. [Gizmodo]

• Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’d be aware that it’s been an interesting week in Australian politics, with the Labor party particularly being busy. That opens up opportunities for the opposition, who sit (from a position point of view) opposed to the NBN. Independent MP Rob Oakeshott indicated that he’d be prepared to switch allegiance from Labor to Liberal if Kevin Rudd took the PM’s job — but he’d prefer to deal with Malcolm Turnbull because Turnbull “gets” the NBN in a way that Tony Abbott doesn’t. [The Australian]