6 Per Cent of FTTN Connections Can’t Even Reach a Minimum of 25Mbps

September 12, 2017
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Looks like fast download speed and seamless internet connection (hopefully true this time around) will move away from arms reach for some residents of the country.

Users who are waiting in the long copper lines could have the no-one-wants-to-have chance to wait until the next 10 years to get the mandated 25 Mbps speed from the National Broadband Network (NBN).

The NBN responded to the Senate Estimates Questions on Notice, revealing the percentage of users who are able to reach a certain download range as of June 18. Sadly enough, 6 per cent of them is currently stuck within the 12-25 Mbps download range.

For the other download speed ranges, the networking giant said that 32 per cent is in the 75-100 Mbps mark, 33 per cent is within the 50-75 Mbps speeds, while 29 per cent is circling around 25-50 Mbps.

With this range of download speeds being revealed to the public, as usual, the NBN gave their reasons, saying that the speeds are impacted by “co-existence profile settings”. This means that fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) will run slower if there is no support for legacy services over copper, which includes ADSL, during the roll out campaign calendar they are following.

“Following switch-off of legacy copper services after this period, the Layer 2 attainable bitrate (speeds) will increase,” NBN said as quoted on ZDNet. “The numbers also reflect the impact of other factors such as any in-home wiring issues, which can affect attainable speeds.”

“Where the network is not capable of providing the minimum wholesale download speeds after coexistence has ended, NBN will take action to rectify any issues so that minimum standards are met.”

The NBN shared its July 2017 product roadmap, announcing plans of starting to conduct co-existence migrations until June 30, 2022. This means that a number of people will really need a new dose of patience — even though they have already run out of it due to the incompetent services being provided by the NBN — since the NBN can only guarantee 12 Mbps speeds as long as the migration project is in the works.

“As we’re upgrading the copper to be capable of faster speeds, we have to take steps to ensure the change in frequencies doesn’t cause interference between the ADSL and VDSL services,” an NBN spokesperson said in June 2015 as quoted on ZDNet.

“Hence taking a cautious approach with our customers, the retail telecommunications companies, and guaranteeing the delivery of 12Mbps/1Mbps.”