Unfortunately, they are no closer to figuring out where to find the needed $10B to $20B to cover the cost overruns. Instead, the parties are battling in Parliament about who is to blame.
As I wrote in June:
Officially, it's not G.fast but they aren't stupid. When they run "fibre to your driveway," they will be within 100 meters of most people. That allows 500-800 megabits of G.fast today and over a gigabit as amendments 2 & 3 are delivered next year. Presumably, the final announcement is waiting for a government plan to deal with the over $10B in cost overruns.
nbn is the most politically driven network in the world. Julia Gillard's election as Prime Minister in 2010 was decided by a single voter in Parliament, who attributed his decision to her support of a full fiber nbn. The Conservative government that succeeded Gillard switched much of the network to DSL, hoping to save money. The savings have proven modest; the real cost problem was not the technology choice.
Adtran, as previously reported, will be a supplier. Netcomm Wireless is supplying distribution point units. Nokia is also in the release.
Here's the pr
nbn announces G.fast launch for 2018
25 October 2017
Next-generation broadband technology to deliver ultra-fast speeds
NBN Co, the company building Australia’s broadband network, announced today that it will be adding next-generation broadband technology, G.fast, to its Multi-Technology toolkit in 2018, paving the way for ultra-fast speeds over copper lines on the nbn™ broadband access network.
Bringing G.fast technology into its Multi Technology Model (MTM) will allow NBN Co to enable even faster speeds to end-users on our Fibre-to-the-Building (FTTB) and Fibre-to-the-Curb (FTTC) networks where those ultra-high speeds are required.
G.fast can take broadband speeds past the current 100Mbps levels delivered by VDSL technology to deliver speeds of up to 1Gbps over copper lines by using higher frequencies of either 106MHz or 212MHz – compared to just 17MHz on VDSL.
Global operators including AT&T in the US, BT in the UK, Swisscom and Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom have already launched the technology to end-users.
NBN Co trialled G.fast technology in October 2015, achieving speeds of 600Mbps on a 20 year-old stretch of 100 metre copper cabling, and will conduct further testing before launch.
G.fast technology will be supplied by the company's three existing fixed-broadband suppliers Nokia, ADTRAN and Netcomm Wireless.
JB Rousselot, Chief Strategy Officer, nbn said:
“Bringing G.fast technology to the nbn™ access network in 2018 again shows our commitment to being at the cutting edge of emerging technologies.
“Adding G.fast to the toolkit for the FTTC and FTTB networks will allow us to deliver ultra-fast services faster and more cost effectively than if we had to deliver them on a full Fibre-to-the-Premises connection.
“Our FTTP and HFC end-users already have the technology to support Gigabit services and adding G.fast over FTTC provides the upgrade path for our FTTN end users to ultimately receive Gigabit speeds too.”
NETCOMM WIRELESS SUPPORTS NBN GFAST LAUNCH IN 2018
25 October 2017 (Sydney): nbn, the company building Australia’s broadband network, announced today the launch of Gfast on the nbn™ broadband access network in 2018 in collaboration with NetComm Wireless Limited (ASX: NTC). The next-generation broadband technology will deliver unprecedented speeds over copper lines using specially engineered Gfast Distribution Point Units (DPUs).
Gfast represents the next step in the evolution of nbn™ Fibre-to-the-Curb (FTTC), and will be deployed where ultra-fast speeds are required. The technology further advances nbn’s Multi-Technology-Model (MTM) and will deliver speeds of up to 1Gbps over copper lines by using a higher frequency of 212 MHz to bolster broadband speed, performance and capacity.
Ken Sheridan, NetComm Wireless CEO said:
“We are pleased to work with nbn on the delivery of their fast broadband performance today with an upgrade path to Gigabit services when required. NetComm Wireless was recently named winner of the nbn Scaling Excellence Award for our outstanding contribution to the fast and economical rollout of nbn™ FTTC, and we look forward to facilitating its progression in line with demand for next-generation broadband network access.”
JB Rousselot, Chief Strategy Officer of nbn said:
“Bringing Gfast technology to the nbn™ access network in 2018 again shows our commitment to being at the cutting edge of emerging technologies.
“Delivering Gfast to our FTTC and FTTB end-users will allow us to bring them ultra-fast services faster and more cost effectively than if we had to deliver them a full Fibre-to-the-Premises connection.”
NetComm Wireless’ highly scalable Fibre-to-the-Distribution-Point (FTTdp) technology integrates network grade diagnostics, performance monitoring and remote management functions to enhance broadband performance through the extension of managed connectivity.
ABOUT NETCOMM WIRELESS
NetComm Wireless Limited (ASX: NTC) is a leading developer of Fixed Wireless broadband, wireless M2M/Industrial IoT and Fibre and Cable to the distribution point (FTTdp / CTTdp) technologies that underpin an increasingly connected world. Our Listen. Innovate. Solve. methodology supports the unique requirements of leading telecommunications carriers, core network providers, system integrators, government and enterprise customers worldwide. For over 35 years, NetComm Wireless has engineered new generations of world first data communication products and is now a globally recognised communications technology innovator. Headquartered in Sydney (Australia), NetComm Wireless has offices in the US, Europe/UK and New Zealand. Visit: www.netcommwireless.com.
nbn and ADTRAN to Deliver Ultra-Fast Broadband Speeds Across Australia
Melbourne, Australia – (October 25, 2017) ADTRAN®, Inc., (NASDAQ: ADTN), a leading provider of next-generation open networking solutions, today announced it is working with nbn™ to advance high-speed broadband access to the citizens of Australia. The next-generation broadband technology, Gfast, will be launched on the nbn broadband access network in 2018, allowing the operator to deliver ultra-fast speeds over copper lines.
“Using Gfast means we will be able to deliver ultra-fast internet capability to our Fibre-to-the-Curb (FTTC) and Fibre-to-the-Building (FTTB) customers, giving them access to transformative, ultra-fast services more rapidly and cost-effectively than over a Fibre-to-the-Premises connection,” said JB Rousselot, chief strategy officer at nbn.
nbn trialed Gfast technology in October 2015, achieving speeds of 600Mbps on a 20 year-old stretch of 100 metre copper cabling, and will conduct further testing before its 2018 launch. In bringing ADTRAN Gfast solutions into nbn’s Multi Technology Mix (MTM), the operator will be able to deliver ultra-fast speeds on its FTTB and FTTC networks.
“nbn is advancing the rapid deployment of sustainable ultra-fast and Gigabit broadband services in Australia. In applying Gfast, it is ensuring its users will more quickly realize the benefit of these services without sole dependence on FTTP,” said Jay Wilson, senior vice president, technology and strategy at ADTRAN. “Since demonstrating the industry’s first fully sealed FTTdp solution in early 2010, ADTRAN Gfast solutions now support open SDN principles ensuring rapid plug and play deployment capability within multi-vendor networks.”
In addition to being the world’s most trialed, ADTRAN Gfast solutions have been selected for deployment by the some of the world’s top internet service providers in five (5) commercial nationwide rollouts across four (4) continents and numerous regional deployments.