blog Wondering how NBN Co’s Fibre to the Basement trials in the Melbourne suburbs of Carlton, Parkville and Brunswick are going? Well, we already know that they’re likely to garner some pretty high speeds. Similar commercial deployments in Sydney have delivered speeds of up to 100Mbps, after all, and NBN Co’s own testing in laboratory conditions in late 2013 showed similar results. The first actual speed tests have been disclosed by Telstra at the CommsDay Summit in Sydney this morning. ZDNet reports (we recommend you click here for the full article):
“Telstra’s group executive of regulatory affairs, Tony Warren, has said Telstra’s trial for fibre to the building across eight apartment blocks in Melbourne with NBN Co has delivered peak download speeds of 90Mbps and upload speeds of 30Mbps.”
I’ve argued for quite some time that it would be an obvious quick and easy win for NBN Co to switch to a FTTB model for apartment blocks and some multi-dwelling units, due to the fact that the company has historically found it extremely difficult and time-consuming to get fibre directly in to each apartment. Leveraging the existing in-building copper cables is a logical solution to quickly dealing with those situations. It can also be upgraded down the track to in-building fibre or even just Ethernet. Either way, it’s good to see this work progressing and decent speeds being obtained, even if not everyone will agree FTTB is the right path forward for MDUs.