NBN Trials FTTC in Melbourne

November 23, 2017

In an effort to reduce the digital divide that has been separating communities in the country, the National Broadband Network (NBN) has started its trial on its first fibre-to-the-curb (FTTC) trial in Coburg in North Melbourne through the use of a copper line longer than 70 metres. Reports say that the trial has achieved 109 Mbps download speeds and 44 Mbps upload speeds.

We can say that this could be promising since is cheaper than their previous plans, but will it be able to deliver. Again, the NBN is promising us with speeds that could reach 100/40 Mbps, which is the same with its expensive counterpart but with lower the price. NBN CEO Bill Morrow said that it would cost the networking giant $10 billion in order to upgrade the existing FTTN into FTTP. You should remember that the NBN is the king of promises and suddenly breaks it, leaving the hearts of Australians broken.

“Of course, I understand why some people come out with glib catchphrases like, ‘Do it once, do it right, do it with fibre’. If only it were as simple as that in the real world. Here are the plain facts. This network is not being delivered as a free gift – the government wants taxpayers to get their $49 billion back and expect a small return as well,” said Morrow via CRN.

“That means that the people who will ultimately pay for the NBN network are the Australians who buy services delivered over the network. So, to be quite blunt about it, the more money that NBN spends on building the network then the more expensive the services will be for Australians – it really is that simple.”

Now, what is FFTC exactly? Think of this a combination of fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) and fibre-to-the-node (FTTN). In simpler terms, FTTC is when fibre is placed directly on the property’s kerb and the connection from this to the property will be through copper lines. The NBN said that is cheaper compared to the FTTP since their estimation of the FTTC connection cost will be $2900, which is $1500 cheaper than their estimation for the FTTP.

It is already a given that higher costs could lead to higher prices. But, in what the NBN is doing, it is not worth it. With all the complaints filed the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO), it seems that there is no improvement in some areas. When will Australians get what they deserve? They want fast internet and they want it now.

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