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.
Image credit: Office of Malcolm Turnbull