NBN Voice Services Start To Speak Up

The NBN isn't just a data network; the eventual aim of the rollout is to replace the copper network that not only provides ADSL (if you're lucky enough), but also voice services. NBN Co's announced that it's fast-tracking automatic user authentication to allow NBN-based VoIP services to roll out more smoothly. ITNews reports on the move; up until now there have been precious few NBN Voice-only subscribers, but it's an eventuality the company has to be able to deal with. For now, anyone wanting to directly connect an NBN wire to an ISP's billing setup has had to do so via a manual XML script; ITNews quotes Internode's Jim Kellet as stating that

"...it's done via a sort-of handmade XML file so it's not really scalable."

The new platform will use the TR-069 standard to allow devices on a user's network to directly connect to their provider's billing solution -- no funky XML workarounds required.

The report quotes Ralph Steffers of NBN Co as stating that

"We understand that there will be a number of people who only want a telephone service and that we need to offer quality telephone services while making the transition to fibre as easy and straightforward as possible."

One of the more interesting features that should come down the wire (pun not intended) with the NBN's implementation of VoIP is that it should support features not commonly found on current VoIP services, such as backup power and alarm monitoring. [ITNews]



    Quote: it should support features not commonly found on current VoIP services, such as backup power
    At first I thought, wtf, power over fibre?? Can't be done!! Then I thought I had better check before posting a rant... and guess what??
    Pretty cool stuff!
    In case the link doesn't work, just type "power over fibre" into your favourite search engine.

      The NBN in house termination point comes with its own ups battery.

      www.nbnco.com.au/assets/documents/preparing-for-the-nbn.pdf (Not that its overly clear there - but the Power Supply Unit is also a UPS - I can't seam to find anything that documents this properly though in my 30 seconds of google.)

        AND if I actually spent time reading the document....

        (end of page 2:)
        "There will also be a separate power supply box which includes battery backup that will keep
        selected phone services* running for up to fi ve hours in case of power failure."

          It's good to know that for 5 hours after the apocalypse, I will be able to d/l at will from the remaining systems.

    PoF how ? what ? and then you read thd doc and realise it aint ever gonna happen !

    Commenters above seem confused, and it's because the article author's last sentence was stupidly worded. The "backup power" has nothing to do with the VoIP service. You'll also be able to continue downloading movies from your laptop during a power out at your home. It's a hardware thing that comes along with the NBN package - as others above have pointed out, a backup battery / UPS.

    I wonder who's responsible for maintaining the UPS batteries.. In 'clean-power' areas, it's about every 2 years. If you're on a shitty grid, it can be a LOT quicker..

      Agreed, I did read it as being related to VoIP services - after all, if you have an old phone with an ATA, a UPS on the termination equipment isn't going to do much. Also I doubt it would power a personally bought router, so what good is it going to do for anyone, in reality?

      However I'm glad I googled power over fibre - a very interesting concept, especially when you consider the additional safety it could bring for things such as planes where a spark or electromagnetic interference can risk lives.

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