Malcolm Turnbull used his talk at the CommsDay conference to offer a defence of FTTN. New technology such as VDSL (very high bit rate DSL) can deliver adequate speeds, he says.
“Very, very high speeds are being delivered on VDSL on fibre-to-the-node, especially with vectoring. All the vendors are talking about it, reaching 100Mbps on the so called rotting, degraded, last century copper wires.
“You’ve only got to look at Belgacom in Belgium, which is using exactly this approach for the express purpose of being able to compete with its cable company rival to deliver an absolutely guaranteed service at 50Mbps, with up to 100Mbps so that they can offer a full range of TV services and video on demand on an FTTN network.
“So the idea that you cannot deliver very high speed broadband over the technologies we’re talking about is simply wrong, and it’s been proven wrong is just about every comparable market around the world.”