- Language: English
- 110 Pages
- Published: February 2014
- Region: Australia
Australia - National Broadband Network - Developments and Analyses 2015
- ID: 2194444
- May 2015
- Region: Australia
- 62 Pages
- Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
After the September 2013 election in Australia, and with a new government in charge, a number of reviews were announced that will shape the future direction of the NBN. For a start, the Minister asked NBN Co to carry out its own review first, based on the original specifications of the NBN it being a majority FttP rollout.
This indicates that at a strategic level the NBN will most likely continue fairly smoothly. There will most certainly be changes made to the rollout but these could quite possibly be implemented by NBN Co itself, now that it has largely been relieved of the political pressure under which it had to operate during the period of severe attacks by the then Opposition, which started off with a policy to kill the NBN. At this stage at least the NBN now has bipartisan support.
Also, because of the likely continuation of the NBN many of the issues discussed below remain unchanged, and so will require the attention of the government, and/or will need to be taken into account in future policy developments. BuddeComm has already indicated support for certain changes to the NBN in relation to greenfield developments and multi-dwelling units (MDUs) and these issues will now receive significantly more attention than they have had in the past. Again, the comments and analyses made on these issues remain relevant under the new government.
The rollout has seen delays, but at this stage there are no indications that this will affect the longer-term outlook for completion of the project. The review will obviously shed more light on this, but so far the issues seem to be more one-off and/or resolvable for instance, by being more flexible in the use of technology, for example in MDUs.
A serious omission remains that there is no policy or information that takes into account the importance of the NBN for the digital economy, the opportunity to use it to increase digital productivity, and where this infrastructure fits in relation to e-business, e-health and e-education.
As iiNet so pointedly indicated, all these NBN decisions are made within a policy vacuum. Subsequent governments have failed to first establish the foundations for why we need an NBN and from a social and economic point of view what are we as a nation going to do with it.
There is still a misalignment between the social and economic benefits of the NBN and NBN Co's business plan. The new government wants to prioritise the underserved areas and is looking at other technologies to create some early wins. The question, however, is how much can be changed at this late stage and also whether it will really lower costs and speed up the rollout.
Australia is highly reliant on its income from natural resources and, like other resource-rich countries, it needs to diversify its economy. Interestingly, it is these resource-rich countries that are leading the rollout of FttP around the world. The main reason for those governments becoming involved in digital infrastructure is to increase their country's competitiveness and productivity in areas other than resources.
Companies covered in this report include:
NBN Co; Telekom Deutschland; Belgacom; Telekom Austria; Fastweb; Swisscom; Strata Community Australia (SCA); Telstra; Optus; AusBBS; iiNet; Internode; TPG; and the Australian Bureau of Statistics. SHOW LESS READ MORE >
2. How independent is NBN Co?
3. After the storm do we need a national inquiry in the reliability of our telecoms networks?
4. The difference between FttH and FttP
5. NBN Co threat to proper broadband competition
6. Should taxpayers pay for a NBN based on MTM?
7. Australia vs America what leaders say about broadband speeds
8. The Minister for Lost Opportunities
9. Staying focused on the NBN outcomes and bypassing political roadblocks
10. Content the next regulatory war zone
11. Why Australia needs a Fibre-to-the-Premises policy
12. Biggest threat to NBN is political panic
13. The unravelling of the NBN
14. Open up the metropolitan NBN market to competition
15. Latest NBN Developments- September 2014
15.1 FttP Rest of the world is wrong but Australia is right?
15.2 If people don't need NBN speeds, what about their computers?
15.3 Let's get on with the NBN
16. NBN-related jobs increase by 248% since review
17. Competition in the telecoms industry is dwindling
18. Market-led demand for FttH is picking up
19. TPG highlights the fragile NBN environment
19.1 Market-led vs. Government intervention
19.2 You cannot unravel the NBN
19.3 The fragility of the wholesale-only model
19.4 NBN is a finely balanced exercise
19.5 TPG exposes weaknesses in NBN retail models
20. NBN assessment April 2014
20.2 Reviewing the last few weeks
20.3 From reviews to leadership
20.4 Tension with the review commissions
20.5 The end goal will remain FttH
20.6 The NBN future looks bright
21. Is the government opening a NBN Pandora's box?
21.1 Pandora's Box
22. Aligning broadband and healthcare
23. Government reneges on election promises
24. Where is the economic plan for the post-manufacturing era?
25. NBN debate continues in a policy vacuum
26. Regional councils concerns over the NBN changes
27. Privatisation of NBN is not popular
28. The NBN will always remain in Beta.
29. Will the NBN be unravelled?
29.1 The delicate nature of a wholesale-only model
29.2 Structural separation allows for wholesale-only model
29.3 No demand for fibre-based services?
29.4 National digital productivity
30. Analysis of NBN 2.0
30.1 Two competing NBN offerings
30.2 The multi-technology NBN
30.3 Design and rollout problems
30.4 Contracts, negotiations and regulations
30.5 The execution
30.6 Current FttH plan requires simplification
30.7 So on to the next review in 2016?
30.8 Still missing a national vision
31. Telstra's cashflow may suffer from NBN rollout delays
32. What PRISM, credit card hacking and Chromecast have to do with FttH
33. The pros and cons of vectoring
34. Will LTE steal the broadband revolution?
35. Multi Dwelling Unit broadband
36. Is the NBN Co business model flawed?
37. NBN telecoms or digital infrastructure a SAU question
38. Pilbara a lost NBN opportunity
39. NBN leadership or NBN procrastination
40. The Dutch Disease, broadband and the mining boom
41. NBN could slash telecoms maintenance costs
42. Broadband demand-side management
43. The NBN and the opportunity for virtual' players
44. Will infrastructure constrain the digital entertainment market?
45. Will the half-built HFC disaster be repeated?
46. Four million households within reach of the NBN by 2015
47. Digital infrastructure essential to manage the transition to the e-world
48. Related reports
Exhibit 1 Can grid power keep the internet alive?
Strata Community Australia (SCA)
and the Australian Bureau of Statistics.