blog When it comes to knowledge of broadband infrastructure throughout Asia — Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and so on, I’ve long had a great deal of time for the opinion of Tony Brown, a senior analyst with Informa Telecoms & Media. When it comes to this space, Brown gets it. He spends a lot of time up north speaking with operators in these countries about their rollouts and commercial pricing structures. That’s why I take seriously this opinion piece by him in The Sydney Morning Herald this week backing the Coalition’s rival NBN plan. Brown writes (we recommend you click here for the full article):
“The Asian operator executives I spoke to in Hong Kong … go ashen faced when asked to consider the possibility of deploying similar networks in Australia. These guys have had a hard enough time deploying their FTTH networks in their own highly urbanised markets where most people live in multi-dwelling units. Doing it in the vast suburban sprawl of Australia is a chilling prospect.”
We’ve certainly seen in Australia with Labor’s NBN rollout that both the Government and NBN Co itself appeared to underestimate the complexity of rolling out FTTP in Australia. The concept of fibre to the premise in most locations in Australia may be the right one, but when it comes to actually deploying the infrastructure, there have been a myriad of obstacles in the way. Brown’s view — that FTTN represents a middle ground which provides long-term opportunities for upgrade — is compelling, as it avoids the absolute last step to the premise that has appeared to be so bedevilling NBN Co’s rollout so far.
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