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    Turnbull wants ‘user pays’ FTTH model

    blog If you’re following telecommunications news today, you may be aware that Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has given a major speech at a conference on the Gold Coast, which many of Australia’s technology journalists were flown to gratis (Delimiter’s not there as we try not to suck too hard at the corporate PR teat). Apart from his usual rumblings about the “uninformed bilious abuse” which he claims makes up most Australian tech journalism, Turnbull also made some interesting comments backing BT’s ‘user pays’ fibre to the premise model in the UK, which sees the telco’s fibre to the node rollout extended upon user demand, as Delimiter reported in June last year. iTWire reports (we recommend you click here for the full article):

    “He also talked of “fibre on demand”, giving the example of BT in the UK asking subscribers to pay a $1000 premium to be connected direct to fibre.”

    While Turnbull’s right — BT’s model is an interesting concept which could be applied to a FTTN rollout in Australia — we think there are fundamental questions which need to be answered regarding the Coalition’s broader rival NBN policy first before we get too far into this area; concepts such as whether or not the Coalition will guarantee a national FTTN network (including in areas where HFC cable already exists) before we start talking about FTTH extensions. You can’t extend what isn’t built in the first place, after all.

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    1. David
      Posted 19/02/2013 at 2:26 pm | Permalink |

      Another “idea” from Turnbull with little to no details. This is how the whole LNP rival NBN policy will be run. Just sprout the words white elephant, $50B wasted, we can do it cheaper and faster blah blah blah. The typical bogan Australian public will lap it up, sprouting their Gillard hate, even though you are voting for a party, not a leader. End result we are stuck with the LNP and a horrible patchwork NBN for the future, that is worth very little and ends up costing nearly as much. We will be stuck with the same Telstra monopoly, but even further exaserpated by deals to access their HFC etc. screw you Turnbull. BTW I would personally be voting liberal if the LNP weren’t so retatrded regarding the NBN. I also can’t stand Tony Abbott but that no bearing on my vote.

    2. Marcus
      Posted 19/02/2013 at 2:26 pm | Permalink |

      one of the issues with this idea is if you don’t distribute the cost of installing it in EVERY household, then the cost of “User Pay”s makes it completely unachievable for the average household.

      It’ll be a hell of a lot more than $1000.00

    3. Richard L
      Posted 19/02/2013 at 2:31 pm | Permalink |

      I thought we had a user pays model for FTTP.

      It’s the current NBN.

      • Posted 19/02/2013 at 2:38 pm | Permalink |


      • Posted 19/02/2013 at 2:45 pm | Permalink |

        Precisely. And it will be less than $1000.

      • Tinman_au
        Posted 19/02/2013 at 2:47 pm | Permalink |

        Yep, just with our model the $1000 fee is broken up across all your bills…

        • Richard L
          Posted 19/02/2013 at 2:52 pm | Permalink |

          Yes, over 20 years it would account for about $4 per month.

          I’m curious as what would need to be done for the backhaul from the node.

          Would the FTTP be contending with VDSL connections?

      • Posted 19/02/2013 at 3:06 pm | Permalink |


      • anthonyoung
        Posted 19/02/2013 at 3:14 pm | Permalink |

        ha, yea

      • Posted 22/02/2013 at 9:17 pm | Permalink |

        No, we had one before the NBN and actually since the NBN has little coverage to date, in most areas you will still depend on non-NBN fiber if you really want it. They do tend to ask some money for the upfront costs of the build though, NBN is allowing the government to subsidize this.

    4. Tib
      Posted 19/02/2013 at 2:34 pm | Permalink |

      Would there be an upgrade model available for people in a HFC area that want fibre connected to their home? I’m guessing no. Only thinking about the now, not the future requirements of our country.

    5. Gav
      Posted 19/02/2013 at 2:36 pm | Permalink |

      I’m sure telling everybody to individually ask to be upgraded to FTTP is the most economically efficient method. Good work, Mr Turnbull.

      • midspace
        Posted 20/02/2013 at 11:04 am | Permalink |

        I guess he’ll tell us how much the ‘user pays’ when he tells us how much his model will cost.

    6. Peter
      Posted 19/02/2013 at 2:37 pm | Permalink |

      Its all about economies of scale.

      There can be no direct relation with the experience here

      Labour costs alone to run a fibre from the Node to the house, plus splicing etc would be well over 1000 and you haven’t even factored in the Telstra tax and capital costs (NTD upgrade, multiports, the actual fiber segments)

    7. AJ
      Posted 19/02/2013 at 2:41 pm | Permalink |

      So anti FttH Turnbull thinks it is a good idea to put DSL equipment and GPON in the same box increasing the cost of the rollout significatly. Increasing the size of the equipment needed at taxpayers expense then if one person wants fibre they will need to run it then if the guy next door wants it they need to repeat the process another day when they could have save a lot of time and money pulling cable for the whole street.

      It is a horribly convoluted scheme simply for the sake of being anti FttH.

      What happens when everyone is on fibre and the copper is not needed the Node is only being 20% filled as fibre equipment is so much smaller the batteries are no longer needed as the node only needs backup for DSL equipment as the fibre is passive the cooling on the dsl equipment is no longer needed.

      You basically have the very definition of White Elephant.

      • Karl
        Posted 19/02/2013 at 5:26 pm | Permalink |

        “What happens when everyone is on fibre and the copper is not needed the Node is only being 20% filled as fibre equipment is so much smaller the batteries are no longer needed”
        Nodes that have been converted from FttN to FttH still need to be powered and cooled.

        • AJ
          Posted 19/02/2013 at 10:46 pm | Permalink |

          I suppose you could use an AON instead of a PON but then the PoI Ideally should not be used or only one in every major city but then the ACCC said there must be 121 PoI so I dont see any advantage of using an Active network so why would you need to have power at the Node?

    8. Tinman_au
      Posted 19/02/2013 at 2:45 pm | Permalink |

      Another day, another change to LNP NBN policy….

    9. Hugh Jaas
      Posted 19/02/2013 at 3:00 pm | Permalink |

      At least under this proposal, people have some chance of getting a fibre to their home.

      • NBNAlex
        Posted 19/02/2013 at 3:10 pm | Permalink |

        Yes people, perhaps like you and I who can afford it…

        What about the rest?

        A few weeks back, interestingly, one of the NBN naysayers Mathew, suggested by having speed tiers it would create inequality… I suggested to Mathew that it wasn’t the speed tiers, but the actual fibre costs that if not supplied by the government, would create inequality.

        That was before this was announced, so I’d be interested to see what Mathew has to say about my premonition now.

        I.e. which is more inequitable only the wealthy (or middle class) able to afford the fibre to their home or everyone in the current fibre footprint having fibre but with speed tiers?

        • Simon Reidy
          Posted 19/02/2013 at 4:08 pm | Permalink |

          I agree. If there’s one thing the LNP have made abundantly clear is that they don’t care about or understand broadband ubiquity and the benefits it will bring to Australia. In fact they seem dead against equality, with Turnbull’s so called “technology agnostic” band-aid approach.

          Once the majority of the population are on FTTH, its easy to envision health, education advancing rapidly, providing HD video conferencing to people in regional Australia with experts in capital cities (and the numerous other benefits of broadband synchronicity). If half the population remain on ADSL, HFC or overpriced commercial LTE, then there’s no hope of next generation high-bandwidth services taking off.

          Even TV stations may eventually move to HD multicasting over the net, when the majority of people end up on 25mbps+ fibre. Given DTV-B’s current 20Mhz 18mbps bandwidth limitation, doesn’t allow for any further channels or expansion into proper HD picture quality (not without scrapping our current MPEG2 system and implementing HVEC or H.265 anyway). This of course can never happen unless the majority of people have access to it.

          High speed broadband ubiquity and the services and applications that would naturally follow, is actually the most appealing factor of all to me about the NBN. Its not until the majority of the people are on the NBN at speeds of 25mbps and higher, that we will truly utilise its benefits. I therefore care just as much other people across Australia getting access to the NBN, as I do getting it myself.

          • NBNAlex
            Posted 19/02/2013 at 4:39 pm | Permalink |


          • Ian Humble
            Posted 20/02/2013 at 5:30 pm | Permalink |

            I absolutely agree with the Simon’s sentiments here. It is the wide spread adoption of higher speeds that will ultimately benefit the Australian community as a whole.
            Turnbull’s alternative is a little like sealing major roads to the head of the street and continuing with gravel from there!

        • Mathew
          Posted 21/02/2013 at 12:37 am | Permalink |

          > A few weeks back, interestingly, one of the NBN naysayers Mathew, suggested by having speed tiers it would create inequality… I suggested to Mathew that it wasn’t the speed tiers, but the actual fibre costs that if not supplied by the government, would create inequality.

          Same problem. As other have said $1000 is very little for those of us who care (as is 100Mbps NBN connection) but for the vast majority it is a significant expense.

          The speed doesn’t cost – it is the data that costs. Ubiquity is not a valid argument for the NBN as that can be done with FTTN or wireless (and anyone on 25Mbps or less the end result is the same). However fibre comes into it’s own when you talk about faster than 100Mbps.

          • Posted 21/02/2013 at 7:20 am | Permalink |

            The speed doesn’t cost – it is the data that costs.


            Quota, or data, is NOT something an ISP ever has to deal with. They are charged by their backhaul providers in Mbit, that is speed. I do remember telling you this before. That is why the NBN has speed tiers and CVC rather than quota. Quotas are introduced at the retail level as a method of restriction.

      • David
        Posted 19/02/2013 at 3:11 pm | Permalink |

        BUT AT WHAT COST, HUGH? AT WHAT COST? (Sorry, just wanted to say that line)

        • Hugh Jaas
          Posted 19/02/2013 at 3:15 pm | Permalink |

          I’d pay up to $5K if I could get it sooner than the current rollout schedule

    10. Tailgator
      Posted 19/02/2013 at 3:10 pm | Permalink |

      Run one fiber to a premise one day, another fibre to another premise in the same street 3 months later, all at inflated costs. Hah.
      FTTP ‘on demand’ makes a mockery of the core Liberal tenets of productivity and efficiency. It also demonstrates a couple of the other core tenets of the Liberals, private enterprise being able to make as many dollars as possible out of consumers and the rich being able to take full advantage of their wealth to further discriminate against those not so well off.
      National infrastructure for the good of the country as a whole? Forget it.

      • PeterA
        Posted 19/02/2013 at 3:39 pm | Permalink |

        Think of the job creation figures!! Think of how many fibre installers will need to be paid for and kept on hand for the busy season.

    11. Posted 19/02/2013 at 3:13 pm | Permalink |

      Nothing wrong with FTTHoD, what is wrong with it is making the user pay. Chorus in NZ is FTTHoD, except they can do this for three reasons:

      1) The fibre drops are preinstalled, they just need to install a NTU.

      2) They are the incumbent so they also profit from ADSL2 services.

      3) They are not doing FTTN. So to see a performance increase you MUST opt for FTTP.

      Think NBN, but only to 70%, without mandatory migration and mantaining the CAN, funded by a NZ$1.5b subsidy.

      • AJ
        Posted 19/02/2013 at 3:25 pm | Permalink |

        That is not FttHoD that is just FttH

        FttHoD means you only run fibre if someone pays for it one at a time if you rollout past everyone’s house and get them to pay to connect that is no different to HFC

        • Posted 19/02/2013 at 3:38 pm | Permalink |

          Point. Although important to note NZ considered FTTPoD but decided against it because it wouldn’t meet the desired performance standards set by CFH.

          • Posted 19/02/2013 at 3:41 pm | Permalink |

            (FTTPoD over and above FTTN I should say)

        • PeterA
          Posted 19/02/2013 at 3:43 pm | Permalink |

          Actually the NZ model sounds exactly like our NBN model; but without the automatic migration of customers the Telstra deal gave us.

          Being the incumbent they don’t need the automatic switchover clauses; because they can switch at their leisure.

    12. Chris
      Posted 19/02/2013 at 3:33 pm | Permalink |

      I wonder what the monthly ISP costs would be for those households that paid to get a fibre connection installed.

      One can only imagine that they would be significantly more expensive than ADSL2 plans.

      • NBNAccuracy
        Posted 19/02/2013 at 3:50 pm | Permalink |

        Well they will give you a modem that costs them $100 if you sign up for 2 years so I guess you’ll need to sign up for a 30 year plan for them to cover the fibre.

        • Chris
          Posted 19/02/2013 at 6:44 pm | Permalink |

          I think you misunderstood the question I was asking.

          If I pay $1500 to get fibre connected from the Node to my premises, how much would I pay a month for my ISP plan? Do I get a rebate on my monthly broadband line rental fee to reimburse me for paying to expand Telstra’s (assuming the Coalition will be handing it back to them) fibre network?

          • Bern
            Posted 19/02/2013 at 7:10 pm | Permalink |

            Don’t be silly!

            Under the LNP model, you pay for the infrastructure, they sell it to a private enterprise and use the proceeds for pork barrelling, and then you pay for the infrastructure again through high access fees.

            Besides, the last thing the LNP want is *everyone* being connected. They don’t want any serious threat to the oligopoly that is Australia’s media interests…

          • NBNAccuracy
            Posted 19/02/2013 at 8:54 pm | Permalink |

            If they follow the UK broadband model your bill will rise if you have fibre.

            What will be interesting is the AGVC price. Quarter the cost so quarter the price, right? So, say $7 AGVC, yer right. Who else sees Telstra getting $16 a month per connection?

          • SMEmatt
            Posted 20/02/2013 at 10:19 am | Permalink |

            Sounds like it will be business as usual so you get the chance to pay $3000 connection fee to pay $500-$1500/month on a 24month contract. Price based on quotes I’ve gotten in the last 12months at a business premises.

            ContInue the connection lotto so you might be lucky and avoid the extra fee if you live in the right spot relative to the node and don’t need the upload. However with the increase in video conferencing cloud services and content creation at home I can see upload bandwidth being needed more and more. Maybe one of our ISP posters can comment on upload trends.

    13. Hubert Cumberdale
      Posted 19/02/2013 at 3:35 pm | Permalink |

      yep, just another random thought bubble from Turnbull.

      Like I’ve said before this confirms fibre is the future.

      However everyone in brownfields should feel a bit incensed at even the suggestion of this idiotic plan:

      1. People in greenfields get theirs for free.
      2. After paying all those line rental fees for so many years thinking that money was eventually going to be used to pay for upgrades to the network people are going to be expected to shell out even more money to access decent upload speeds.
      3. If I am paying $1000 for my fibre connection exactly how useful is this going to be with the rest of the network (most I assume) still stuck on the substandard copper?
      4. What a bunch of clowns.

      • PeterA
        Posted 19/02/2013 at 3:48 pm | Permalink |

        This; sort of.

        Part of what makes the NBN so amazing; is that, 90%+ of homes in Australia will have guaranteed 12/1 *or more* to their homes.

        The “build it and they will come” philosophy sounds strange to some; but it really matters. In the same way that ADSL made YouTube and its clones a viable multi-billion dollar industry, the possibilities with the NBN FTTH are what I am really looking forward to.

        Your own personal fibre will be great; but imagine the options available to you when people make products at prices that take into account that more than ~30% of Australian homes have access to 100megabits+, and more than 10% have access to upload capacities equal to or higher than 1 megabit.

    14. Tailgator
      Posted 19/02/2013 at 3:48 pm | Permalink |

      Re 3.
      Yep. It references the argument that was first made for the introduction of the telephony network. The more people that have it, the greater the value and benefits.

      Re 4. Yep :)

      • Hubert Cumberdale
        Posted 19/02/2013 at 4:56 pm | Permalink |

        another thing I forgot to mention is

        5. If I pay for fibre to my home in the event that I move and since I’ve paid does that connection follow me or do I have to pay yet again at my new location? Is there going to be some kind of reimbursement scheme since I own this length of fibre? (Telstra are getting money for their renting their ducts why shouldn’t I get money for ‘renting’ my light pipe?) Who pays? ISP? New homeowner? GimpCO? And if you think about it ISPs need to give discounts to customers since they are using our fibre to service us too.

    15. NBNAccuracy
      Posted 19/02/2013 at 3:59 pm | Permalink |

      He is even lying on the BT FoD charges. They are in pounds, so 1.5 x for AU$

      Base charge $750
      PLUS construction $750 if you are next to the cabinet
      OR PLUS $1500 at 500m

      Do we are really looking at $1500 minimum and probably $2000+ for average.
      And these are costs for the TRIALS, they sometimes wear some of the cost on those.


    16. Aaron
      Posted 19/02/2013 at 4:34 pm | Permalink |

      Another day another one of Mals brain farts….

    17. Karl
      Posted 19/02/2013 at 5:32 pm | Permalink |

      This is all borne out of Turnbull’s idiotic idea that the headline download speed is all that matters. I’m starting to think now that it’s not just political spin, he genuinely doesn’t understand what the NBN is all about. When you get down to the most basic level, the NBN is designed to fix the problems caused primarily by Telstra and the neglect since the 90s; yet every time Turnbull opens his mouth it seems to be to suggest something that would exacerbate the problem!

    18. Brett Haydon
      Posted 19/02/2013 at 5:48 pm | Permalink |

      Imagine if it had been Stephen Conroy who said that. Every news rag in the country would have the headline “Labor’s $1,000 Internet tax”

      • quink
        Posted 19/02/2013 at 6:12 pm | Permalink |

        That’s 1000 GBP in the UK. With labour costs, lower population density and considering that in the UK it’s only trials, I’m betting about $3000 here.

        So, the headline would be “Conroy charging Australians $3000 for NBN!”

        But the double-standard is so completely astonishing that a headline like “Turnbull’s NBN costs households $3000″ on the front of the Herald Sun – while truer than most Herald Sun headlines even with that wording – would be unthinkable.

    19. Jake Cordon
      Posted 19/02/2013 at 5:49 pm | Permalink |

      Well, that is a pretty silly idea…and would be incredibly expensive, and inefficient.

      Turnball is just throwing shit (Coalition BB ‘policy’) against the wall and seeing what will stick.

    20. Kevin Cobley
      Posted 19/02/2013 at 6:48 pm | Permalink |

      Where is Turnbull’s CBA? This guys says he’s been ready to govern for 2 and half years at a moments notice. With fully costed policy (the policy that keeps changing daily, is he doing daily upgrades on costs?).
      When is this guy actually going to fully articulate his policy?
      Is Telstra gong to be given the job since they own the terminating cables?
      What are the deals that will have to be made with Telstra?
      Is the NBN structure and staff going to be maintained with new objectives?
      Is the Liberal NBN (if there is one) going to be cheaper to the consumer than the NBN if so what will be the costs for the plans?
      Are Turnbull’s hot air bubbles (they aren’t thought bubbles) going to be cheaper for the Australian population or just cheaper for the 3 year Liberal government?
      Is Turnbull suggesting that fibre to the home will never exist in Australia? It’s obvious the whole program is going to be more expensive if FTTH has to be refitted at a later date with the sunk cost of the cabinets having to be written off and another project started up.
      Explain to me Turnbull why a much poorer nation (New Zealand) can afford FTTH and we can’t?
      Explain to me why Japan and Korea with advanced high tech economies have installed FTTH if it can be done cheaper and faster with your hot air scheme?
      Are we going to let our economy go down the drain with Great Britain style DSL?
      Why are you Malcolm Turnbull investing in FTTH companies and not companies like BT or Pakistan Telecom?
      Is Australia a first world nation with first world telecommunications or are we a third world nation?
      A world leader or just mediocre?

      • Early Grayce
        Posted 20/02/2013 at 3:06 pm | Permalink |

        I rather the term “Fart Bubble” than “Hot Air Bubble”.
        Both are quite similar but the former inherantly stinks.

    21. Pache
      Posted 19/02/2013 at 6:53 pm | Permalink |

      The number of negative comments is interesting.

      While not without its flaws, I’d say it’s unquestionably an improvement over yesterday’s LNP policy.

      So hopefully it stays in tomorrow’s LNP policy.

      • Early Grayce
        Posted 20/02/2013 at 3:16 pm | Permalink |

        If they do have a fttn system running with an option to buy an upgrade sounds like a good idea, or a better idea than they already have, I wonder what the real cost would be.
        The idea of powered Node cabinets is being looked at by NBNco as a possible speed upgrade past their 1Gbps limit so it may make sense but only if the hardware first installed is compatable with not only VDSL but also with this higher speed fibre connection.
        Running 2 different systems next to one another is not ideal and would cost twice as much for the hardware both in the home and the node as well as maybe in the main cabinet.
        I oppose this idea because the amount of travel I have to do from my hometown to my city is exhausting but since I am disabled and on a pension I would not be able to afford it no matter what healthcare benefits arise for me even though the day I am connected to the NBN I will start to save from $25.00 to $75.00 a month from my telecommunicatios bill.

    22. Goresh
      Posted 19/02/2013 at 9:01 pm | Permalink |

      At a conservative $20,000/km to lay a cable, I wonder who pays for the other $19,000 the connection costs?

      Ah, of course, BT does NOT have a FTTN network with 1-2km copper runs to the house, it is FTTC with 100m copper runs.

      Basically it is what NBNco is building but with the customer paying the cost of the lead in/
      Of course, had the lead in been run when the cable was dug, it would have cost 1/10 the price.

      • Paul
        Posted 19/02/2013 at 10:56 pm | Permalink |

        Thats $20k/km in rural area, for long runs, with big trench diggers. In urban areas, factoring in short runs and costs of restitution of footpaths and the like, its closer to $200k/km or more.
        Hate to think how congested the ducts will be, if a contractor has to pull a new fibre cable for each customer from a cabinet way down the street.

    23. Hayden
      Posted 19/02/2013 at 9:20 pm | Permalink |

      A few months ago I was hoping that Malcolm was just anti FTTH for the sake of being anti Labor. That once he got “into power” he’d just go along with the existing plans for the NBN. With each day now this is looking less and less likely.

      • Early Grayce
        Posted 20/02/2013 at 3:18 pm | Permalink |

        Or it could be that he is exploring these ideas to reduce the shock of his incredible backflip.
        Fingers crossed.

    24. Abel Adamski
      Posted 19/02/2013 at 11:26 pm | Permalink |

      I can only assume we are seeing the level of competence and intelligence that the new government will apply in all areas of managing and overseeing out Nation and it’s economy.
      And we consider MT one of the smarter ones.
      Hockeynomics anyone.

      Worth considering what BT, AT&T, and Verizon offer with the same product, Fibre from the FTTN/FTTB cabinet. Max 350Mb

      I suggest NBN switches on even in limited areas their 1Gb for Business users

      • Abel Adamski
        Posted 19/02/2013 at 11:27 pm | Permalink |

        Sorry should have been FTTN/FTTC

    25. Posted 19/02/2013 at 11:58 pm | Permalink |

      Apart from the fact that it was starting from 750 POUNDS in Britain (where labour is cheaper) which makes it minimum $1200 here…..is this not old news?

      He’s been pushing a BT style FTTHoD rollout for 9 months.

      I swear, if the media gave this much attention to everything NBNCo. thought about, we’d have a whole newspaper about the NBN. Turnbull opens his mouth and gets press coverage….regardless of what comes out….

      • TechinBris
        Posted 20/02/2013 at 7:04 pm | Permalink |

        Yes, but he’s put his money on FTTP in his investments.

    26. Posted 19/02/2013 at 11:59 pm | Permalink |

      Maybe one day we’ll see if this would ever happen. Certainly not before the elections…

    27. Tony Brown
      Posted 20/02/2013 at 10:10 am | Permalink |

      I have spoken to Openreach/BT in the UK about this plan, the best way to lower the costs for residents is to group together as street/suburb and submit a group demand – this will substantially lower the FTTH deployment costs for subscribers.

      BT actually published the costs of these plans over night and they range from free installation to costing UK3,500 per home, it runs in six categories….


      It will be very interesting to see the take-up of this in the UK.

      In Hong Kong PCCW offer a similar plan, if you take FTTB then its a free installation, but if you want FTTH run all the way to your apartment then you pay an installation charge, the size of which depends on how complex the install is.

    28. Brendan
      Posted 20/02/2013 at 11:29 am | Permalink |

      Turnbull could suggest Carrot to the Node, as the next idea and he’ll be seen to be walking on water, again.

      Meanwhile, NBNco will be grilled for their expenditure on sugar cubes. STOP THE WASTE. Well done MSM.

    29. Posted 21/02/2013 at 8:27 am | Permalink |

      Turnbull did NOT say he “WANTS” a user pays fibre rollout. He said it is technically possible and he sees no reason why it should not be offered. He added that “this is not a pledge”. He did not say it is coalition policy.

      • Posted 21/02/2013 at 8:32 am | Permalink |

        What is Coalition policy then Simon?

        • anthonyoung
          Posted 21/02/2013 at 8:59 am | Permalink |


        • Paul Thompson
          Posted 21/02/2013 at 9:39 am | Permalink |

          IIRC it is ‘destroy the NBN’.

    30. Posted 21/02/2013 at 9:44 am | Permalink |

      NightKaos: I, like everyone else, have no idea what coalition NBN policy is, other than a desire to do it cheaper and faster.

      But I was at the event where Turnbull spoke and it was I who asked about BT’s plans.

      My recollection and my audio from the event both confirm he said nothing about wanting it or that it is policy, just that he knows pay-for-fibre can be done and is an idea he feels is worthwhile.

      • Posted 21/02/2013 at 9:51 am | Permalink |

        What is it with Newbies and the inability to use the Reply button?

        My point was until we have a policy from Mr Turnbull everything g
        he says is merely a suggestion. So arguing that he hasn’t committed to FTTPoD is irrelevant: he hasn’t committed to anything at all.

      • Abel Adamski
        Posted 23/02/2013 at 7:51 pm | Permalink |

        Simon, there are some serious issues with that in Aus, due to Telstra’s lack of maintenance and allowing the copper network infrastructure to run down. Telstra is remediating the pits and ducts, under FTTN no remediation for the Subs loop (possibly up to 1Km or more). What happens in the very likely possibility that the ducts and conduits are in to poor or congested a state to enable fibre to be run for an individual user. How , at what cost and who will pay for that service to be provided ?. Are we potentially looking at the choice between a new car or a fibre connection?

    31. Abel Adamski
      Posted 21/02/2013 at 8:56 pm | Permalink |


      A rural business estate out of Armidale, over $200K to include that estate into the FTTH footprint.
      Actually I think the NBN should not be pedantic in such cases, a business estate that is built as such has capacity for growth and would be a future investment/efficiency as other businesses tend to locate close by then residences, so a seed for a growth area. FTTH would enable that.

      Why posted here.?

      User Pays Principle is being applied

    32. Ralph
      Posted 08/04/2013 at 5:56 pm | Permalink |

      Turnbull NBN sounds like when the M5 was built in Sydney save now pay later with web traffic jams and more cost later to fix up the crappy system

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      If you have even a skin deep awareness of the structure of Australia’s superannuation industry, you’ll be aware that much of the underlying infrastructure used by many of the nation’s major funds is provided by a centralised group, Superpartners. One of the group’s main projects in recent years has been to dramatically update and modernise its IT platform — its version of a core banking platform overhaul. Unfortunately, the $250 million project has not precisely been going well.

    • Qld’s Grant joins analyst firm IBRS peter-grant

      This week it emerged that Peter Grant, the two-time former Queensland Whole of Government CIO (pictured), has joined well-regarded analyst firm Intelligent Business Research Services (IBRS). We’ve long had a high regard for IBRS, and so it’s fantastic to see such an experienced executive join its ranks.

    • Westpac dumps desk phones for Samsung Android mobiles samsung-galaxy-ace-3

      The era of troublesome desk phones tied to physical locations is gradually coming to an end in many workplaces, with mobile phones becoming increasingly popular as organisations’ main method of voice telecommunications. But some groups are more advanced than others when it comes to adoption of the trend. One of those is Westpac.

    • Ministers’ cloud approval lasted just a year reverse

      Remember how twelve months ago, the Federal Government released a new cloud computing security and privacy directive which required departments and agencies to explicitly acquire the approval of the Attorney-General and the relevant portfolio minister before government data containing private information could be stored in offshore facilities? Remember how the policy was strongly criticised by Microsoft, Government CIOs and Delimiter? Well, it looks like the policy is about to be reversed.

    • WA Govt can’t fund school IT upgrades oops key

      In news from The Department of Disturbing Facts, iTNews revealed late last week that Western Australia’s Department of Education has run out of money halfway through the deployment of new fundamental IT infrastructure to the state’s schools.

    • Turnbull outlines Govt ICT vision turnbull-5

      Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has published an extensive article arguing that the Federal Government needed to do a better job of connecting with Australians via digital channels and that public sector IT projects needn’t cost the huge amounts that some have in the past.

    • NZ Govt pushes hard into cloud zealand

      New Zealand’s national Government announced a whole of government contract this morning for what it terms ‘Office Productivity as a Service’ services. This includes email and calendaring services, as well as file-sharing, mobility, instant messaging and collaboration services. The contract complements two existing contracts — Desktop as a Service and Enterprise Content Management as a Service.

    • CommBank reveals Harte’s replacement whiteing

      The Commonwealth Bank of Australia has promoted an internal executive who joined the bank in September after a lengthy career at petroleum giant VP and IT services group Accenture to replace its outgoing chief information officer Michael Harte, who announced in early May that he would leave the bank.

    • Jeff Smith quits Suncorp for IBM jeffsmith4

      Second-tier Australian bank and financial services group Suncorp today announced that its long-serving top technology executive Jeff Smith would leave to take up a senior role with IBM in the United States, in an announcement which marks the end of an era for the nation’s banking IT sector.

    • Small business missing the mobile, social, cloud revolution iphone-stock

      Most companies that live and breathe the online revolution are not tech startups, but smart smaller firms that use online tools to run their core business better: to cut costs, reach customers and suppliers, innovate and get more control. Many others, however, are falling behind, according to a new Grattan Institute discussion paper.

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