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NBN Co Details New Plan To Link 1.9m Homes By Mid-2010

NBN Co Details New Plan To Link 1.9m Homes By Mid-2010

NBN Co yesterday announced its new national rollout plan, revealing that almost two million homes should be connected by mid 2016 across 400 cities, suburbs and towns. By 2020 it aims to have connected 8 million homes.

CEO Bill Morrow, pictured, said the company is taking a new approach that uses multiple technologies. However most of the connections to the latest announcement of 1.9 million homes will be by either fibre to the premises or fibre to the node. 

The list at this stage does not include connections via Telstra and Optus hybrid fibre-coax (HFC) cables in major cities, a system still subject to negotiation with the telcos who own the cables concerned.

“Our objective is by 2020 to get every home, every business connected to the NBN,” Morrow said. “In order to do that in that short of a timeframe, we have to use a variety of technologies that takes advantage of the different infrastructure that’s across the country today.”

“We’re committed to bringing fast broadband to all Australians as quickly as possible. The new multi-technology approach enables us to do just that.

“Over the past year, we have carried out successful trials of a range of new technologies, revised our build processes and are renegotiating our partner agreements. As a result of this work, we are able to provide forecasts that reflect the next phase of our network build. 

“It is these forecasts that will enable our customers, the telephone and Internet service providers, to be able to start planning the delivery of services over the NBN to these communities.

 Independent telco analyst Paul Budde told CDN the new 1.9 million target is roughly two million below the target of the previous government. “So much for Turnbull’s promise of a speedier rollout.,” he said.

He said the announcement still reflects problems with Telstra and Optus. “This is most likely all about money, so it will be interesting if the cheaper promise will still stand,” Budde said.