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In 2016, looked very promising.
Thousands worked at developing and deploying.
It wasn't enough. 
Most carriers are investing
in fiber or 5G instead.


Dark Blue: Firm commitments from incumbent: BT (10M), Belgacom, Australian NBN, Swisscom,  Austria, Bezeq Israel, Chunghwa Taiwan, Telus Canada, Telekom South Africa, SK Korea, (U.S.) AT&T, Century, Frontier, Windstream, Belgium, Omantel

Mid Blue: Smaller carriers in Germany, Norway, Finland, Japan

Light Blue: Incumbent likely:  France, Germany, Italy

Kathleen Dyer NBNnbn looking to a million lines. Adtran's complete service package and Mosaic SDN prove crucial. As previously reported, Australia's NBN is diversifying beyond an initial dependence on Alcatel. Many of these homes are currently served by a cable network bought by nbn that was so decrepit they are completely replacing it.

nbn CEO BIll Morrow in February wrote, "Operators around the world are excited about technologies like DOCSIS 3.1 and, which allow Gigabit broadband to be deployed at substantially lower price points and in far less time than it takes to deploy Gigabit services over FTTP – and we will see both of these technologies emerge much more fully in the next few years globally as well as here in Australia."

AT&T and DT say essentially the same thing. Both hope for large deployments starting in about six months.

Gigabit+ 212 GHz is becoming available from Adtran and 96 port vectoring from Huawei. BT, Swisscom, and others have been sharing their experience and convincing CTOs around the world the remaining problems are being solved. 

Australia's highest speed offerings are severely held back by brutally overpriced domestic and international backhaul. Then Minister Stephen Conroy explained to me the high domestic charges (CVC.) "It is a political necessity. We had to make sure the basic service on the NBN was no more expensive than cheap DSL service. There was no other way to cover the costs."

The nbn passed Parliament by a single vote, so Conroy's remarks seem accurate. He knew the CVC and the tariffs on higher speeds were unrelated to costs. His successor Malcolm Turnbull said essentially the same thing to me.

Australia's government policy under both parties has sought a robust Internet for all. My opinion is that nbn by default should give everyone the speeds it was designed for, 100 megabits to 1 gigabit. The difference in opex is minimal and the capex has already been spent. That would be great for everyone but somehow the current revenue needs to be recovered. One possibility is to make explicit the universal service charge built into the nbn cost structure.

Building gigabit networks doesn't pay off if the pricing drives most customers to lower tiers. 



nbn and ADTRAN Ink Contract to Advance Broadband Access in Australia

MELBOURNE, Australia--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 18, 2017-- ADTRAN®, Inc., (NASDAQ:ADTN), a leading provider of next-generation open networking solutions, today announced the signing of a supply agreement to advance high-speed broadband access to the citizens of Australia. The executed supply agreement covers software, hardware and services, which includes commitments from both companies to support the ongoing nationwide network rollout.

To date, a number of key milestones have already been completed and both companies successfully completed a GPON network interoperability proof-of-concept program of work. In addition, ADTRAN IT specialists have been working in a collaborative, agile development process with nbn’s IT team to implement ADTRAN’s standards-based, multi-vendor DPU management solution, utilizing an open microservices architecture.

nbn’s Chief Network Deployment Officer, Kathrine Dyer said: “The rollout of the nbn™ network is one of the most complex and ambitious telecommunications projects to be undertaken in any market around the world. We look forward to working with ADTRAN on bringing the nbn™ network into reality including working together on our world leading Fibre-to-the-Curb (FTTC) network that is set to serve more than one million homes and businesses around the country by 2020.”

ADTRAN’s Software-Defined Access (SD-Access) solutions combine modern web-scale technology with open-source platforms to facilitate rapid innovation in multi-technology, multi-vendor environments. SD-Access unlocks control and management functions from the underlying network elements, enabling a more flexible, agile services delivery framework. This service agility stems from an open microservices architecture that allows network operations and IT development teams to align.

“Rolling out new technologies can be a complicated and costly endeavor for network service providers, especially in multi-vendor environments,” said Jay Wilson, ADTRAN SVP for Technology and Strategy. “ADTRAN’s highly programmable SD-Access solutions utilize an open microservices architecture that support the adoption of network automation that reduces service provisioning times, human error and IT complexity, while enabling the desirable customer self-service capabilities.”

About nbn

nbn is building a new and upgraded, fast wholesale broadband network to enable communities across Australia to access fast broadband from their retail service provider. Our goal is to connect eight million homes and businesses by 2020. The rollout of the nbn™ access network sets the scene for the biggest transformation to Australia’s telecommunications industry involving retail service provider network upgrades and the establishment of a network of networks to bring fast broadband to all Australians.


ADTRAN, Inc. is a leading global provider of networking and communications equipment. ADTRAN’s products enable voice, data, video and Internet communications across a variety of network infrastructures. ADTRAN solutions are currently in use by service providers, private enterprises, government organizations, and millions of individual users worldwide. For more information, please visit