Monday, July 12, 2010

Australia: NBN developments, first customer connected

Computerworld Australia recently reported that the National Broadband Network (NBN) has had its first user connected through Internode:
"IT technician, Robert Pettman, from Midway Point – one of the first three NBN trial sites in Tasmania - had his fibre modem connected as of approximately 5pm on Thursday, after applying for the plan at the beginning of June. Speaking to Computerworld Australia, Pettman described his new plan - the NBNP1-Mid-60 - which runs at 50 megabits per second (Mbps), as ‘awesome’ and very speedy in comparison to his previous 1.5Mbps Internode ADSL1 plan."
Computerworld Australia have also published an interesting series of articles entitled NBN 101, examining the arguments around the initiative, one of which flagged an institution I hadn't come across before - the University of Melbourne's Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society, "a cross-disciplinary research institute dedicated to products, services, and innovations that maximize the benefit of new broadband technologies to Australian society." Research projects focus on education and learning, health and wellbeing, network deployment and economics, service and business transformation and social infrastructure and communities.

Returning to the NBN, the Sydney Morning Herald also report on the NBN beginning to come to fruition, focusing on developments in Tasmania - "not the sort of place you would expect a revolution to start", apparently:
"In many ways, connecting the three Tasmanian towns - with 4000 premises and a combined population of 9000 - will be the easy part. The state government and local councils have been co-operative and there is excitement about being first. Much more challenging will be connecting 11 million homes and businesses nationally. About 20,000 workers will be needed as construction peaks, 250,000 kilometres of cable will be installed, and up to 4000 new premises will be passed each day."
Also of note are comments from Ovum's Nathan Burley, who expects that competitors offering services over the NBN will seek to differentiate, rather than focus solely on speed, "a trend already seen in Foxtel's bundling with Telstra broadband and iiNet's deal with Fetch TV." Interesting in relation to my comments on the JON Exchange project in this previous post.

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