What Happened With The NBN This Week?

After the flurry of announcements around its three year plan, things got serious this week, with NBN Co buying spectrum, announcing income and bringing some services back in-house in this week's wrap of NBN news.

• In the six months to December 2011, NBN Co took in $356,000 in revenue; that means to that date it was running at a loss of $221 million. [ZDNet]

• Coalition attacks on the NBN continue, with Malcolm Turnbull arguing that the NBN has failed to connect up as many "greenfield" estates at it has predicted. He's correct, but hang on — isn't coalition policy all about scrapping the NBN anyway? [Malcolm Turnbull]

• A truly bizarre bit of "logic" from an "expert" says that the NBN will be "obsolete" because we're all shifting to Tablets and Smart Phones. Umm… what backend does he predict that we'll be connecting to? [Herald Sun]

• In any case, the NBN has a wireless play of its own, and its six month report detailed how it had picked up 850MHz of spectrum in the 28GHz spectrum band from AAPT — but not how much it had paid for it, citing commercial confidence. [ZDNet]

• Having outsourced its call centre operations to Service Stream last year, NBN Co this week announced it was shifting those roles back in-house to a a call centre on the Gold Coast. [ITWire]

• Canberra-based TransACT was granted an exemption to the anti cherry-picking legislation that would otherwise require it to operate upgrades on a wholesale basis, and can now upgrade its existing network to VDSL2, as well as roll out a new FTTH service in Canberra's south. [ITNews]



    Other countries (notably the UK and at least parts of the US) are in raptures over getting access to a fibre optic based network. Yet here in Oz people are insistent we maintain the status quo. If you can't possibly imagine a single compelling reason why a fibre optic network would be vital for the future of a nation then I'm thankful you're not in government.

      Australia's got a very old population, who for the most part are technically inept. Change is generally scary, as people we shy away from it - thinking it will be bad, rather than embracing examples of "Good" change and running in headfirst whic in this case: is the NBN.

      Its up to the younger generation to force the older segments to change, rather than let the country fall behind technically - otherwise we risk being left behind in an increasingly technologically driven world. You've only got to ask your parents about technology and for the most part they dont understand, even when they want to. They need to see that our old systems and ways of conducting business are about to totally change, from bricks and mortar to Wireless and digital.

      I'd encourage younger people to embrace the change for the better.

    Is it ironic that Varsity Lakes (where the new call centre is going to be) is not in the 3 year plan?

      I am thinking Malcolm Turnbull will turn his argument the other way if he was in power his idea of going to the node will crash and burn once Telstra bring it from the node to the house and undercut the NBN making the NBN into a "white elephant". As April said the UK have accepted optical fiber with open arms, maybe we live in a country full of idiots that don't understand, and listen to the Liberal party that talk shit.

      Varsity Lakes was built as FTTH estate.


    That "expert" talking about tablets and smartphone had me absolutely dumbfounded. It's like he or she thinks the net runs on magic and little fairies carry pictures and text through the sky on gossamer wings.
    What is that moron an "expert' IN? Fingerpainting? Fart music? Chopstick forks?

      I'm with you on that one - then I reread it. Turns out, they're a social export.

      That's nice, you analyze trends in society... Now your technical know-how is what exactly? Do you even know how WiFi and mobile internet works? No? Oh, well this potato has a high speed unlimited data connection. Use that with your laptop.

        Wow, really? That's insane. It's like getting a a car seat manufacturer to advise on road construction, or going to a proctologist for advice on dentisty- looking at things from exactly the wrong end of the spectrum.

    All silver spooners are closet NBN lovers : FACT!!

    Has anybody though what could happen when the Federal Govt owns and controls the backbone of nearly ALL communications in Australia when this is finished, it would be easy for them to filter what they wanted or snoop on people.
    The possibilities of what could happen are very scary.

      And how is that any different from that short period between Federation and when Howard sold off Telstra?

    My only issue with the NBN is that I will be getting a slower service for more money once this thing starts up. Some people are going to benefit from faster speeds but I feel like I am being punished somehow for have fast internet that is going to get slower and then pay more for it...

      What speeds, and how much do you pay for it now?

        Are you perhaps living in telstra HQ?

    If the government had any balls, they would buy ALL privately-owned fixed line infrastructure from ripoff companies like TransACT, Telstra Velocity, Opticomm, etc. and ensure everyone has equally priced access to the internet.

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