In a blog post issued on Monday titled Australians well served by NBN as data demand grows, Fletcher traversed well-worn territory, outlining how the multi-technology mix of technology adopted by the Coalition Government in 2013 had "allowed us to roll out the NBN much more quickly than the original plan we inherited in 2013".
He claimed this decision had been strongly vindicated by the unexpected arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"If we had still been using the old plan, which rolled out the network over a considerably longer time period, millions of Australians would have been unable to access the NBN during this period," added Fletcher, a former Optus executive.
"In 2018, 95% of Australian households had peak bandwidth demand of up to 24Mbps or less. This is forecast to rise to 56Mbps in 2028," Fletcher said.
"All of the fixed line technologies available on the NBN are capable of delivering these speeds. Once all services on Telstra’s old copper network cease operating - which in turn would allow NBN services to be turned up to maximum speed without causing interference – 90% of fixed line premises will have access to 50Mbps and 70% will have access to 100Mbps."
He claimed that Australians connected to the NBN through FttN had a median attainable speed of about 77Mbps adding that the technology could deliver speeds of up to 100Mbps depending on a user’s distance from the node.
"The BCAR’s research shows that household data demand is forecast to increase almost fourfold over the next decade, increasing from 199 gigabytes per month in 2018, to 767 gigabytes in 2028, representing an annual growth rate of 14%, Fletcher added.
"The main factors behind this will be video streaming and the uptake of higher resolution formats, such as 4K and 8K television, as well as streamed gaming and virtual reality."