NBN has just released its third-quarter results, boasting what it calls "strong performance results across all key metrics" and a push towards hitting its full-year goals. What that means for you: the NBN is being rolled out more quickly, with twice as many premises hooked up as the same time last year.
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The fixed wireless component of the NBN has always trailed behind wired in both its speed and download limits, but the national broadband network company is taking some steps to address at least that first part. It's trialing carrier aggregation tech that can boost speeds far in excess of the current 50Mbps limit, using some of the same tech that already speeds up Telstra, Vodafone and Optus's commercial mobile networks.
The NBN is a complicated piece of technology -- the largest infrastructure project in Australian history. From its inception in 2007 as a mostly-fibre network to the multi-technology mix of 2017, it's evolved into a Byzantine mess both for customers to understand and for internet service providers to manage. The main pain point is congestion -- a lack of virtual capacity on the network that slows some connections to a crawl. It's bad enough that some smaller ISPs are provisioning their own networks rather than relying on existing backhaul from NBN and their own competitors.
The National Broadband Network released its 2016 yearly results today, showing the rollout "continues to exceed its connection and financial targets". A spokesperson for Senator Mitch Fifield, Minister for Communications says this is "the latest evidence of the benefits of the Coalition's faster, more affordable NBN rollout".
The five-letter acronym on every telco nerd's mind at the moment -- FTTdp -- stands for fibre to the distribution point. Sitting somewhere in between fibre to the node (FTTN) and fibre to the premises (FTTP or FTTH) in speed, cost and complexity, it's a new potential technology that may feature heavily in the future of the NBN. It promises to be cheaper than FTTP, faster than FTTN and equally quick to roll out.