NBN Admits that FTTN Connections Won’t Give Top Speeds Across all Premises

February 22, 2018
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Promised to provide superior speeds at first, but is now taking the thing back like nothing happened.

We all know the current situation regarding the internet connection the land Down Under has been experiencing. Outages there, incompetent service here, and even a combination of both are experienced by almost anybody under the National Broadband Network (NBN).

When the fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) connections were first announced, it could have provided a ray of hope for Aussies to experience a decent internet surfing experience. However, a former executive at the NBN thinks otherwise. According to a report by ABC, the former executive said that the already installed copper lines should be replaced within the 10-year time frame.

This is another strike as the NBN conceded that the majority of Australians who have FTTN will not experience what they are promised to — they will not be able to get the top speeds that FTTN has to offer. There is data that reveal only a quarter of FTTN connections have the capability to reach the top speed of 100 Mbps, which was being promoted by the Government.

Anne Hurley, a former chief executive of the Communications Alliance who worked as head of stakeholder engagement at NBN said the figures revealed flaws within the design of the NBN’s FTTN.

“It confirms what we’ve been saying from day one: fibre-to-the-node is an obsolete technology, it will never deliver the speeds expected by consumers,” she said.

She added that the copper wires should be replaced within 10 years time.

“If you look around the world other nations are not embracing fibre-to-the-node and copper … so yes, it’s all going to have to go and have to be replaced,” she said.

“The industry needs to pull together a strategy which it can take to the Government and say, ‘Let’s work together on how we can roll out this network, remove antiquated technology, and roll out a network over which we can really operate to provide innovative business services’.”