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Friday, 04 March 2016 08:25

Secret nbn trial slashes per-premises costs in half Featured

Laurie Patton, CEO, IA Laurie Patton, CEO, IA

A new leaked internal document reveals secret trials of low-cost fibre-to-the-premises program by nbn.

It says nbn successfully trialled a multi-technology local fibre network, which uses cutting-edge, thinner optical fibres combined with flexible joints and other improvements, in two Victorian sites over 18 months from July 2014.

The advanced technology that can bypass the ageing Telstra copper wire network from the node to the home is claimed to cut per-premises construction costs in half.

According to Laurie Patton, CEO of Internet Australia, the peak body representing Internet users, this new leak brings into question whether it’s now time to have another look at the multi-technology mix model.

He said, “The point was always that fibre-to-the-node was supposed to deliver the network sooner and for less cost. But it now looks like it might be coming close to the same price.

“We always knew that technology and improved implementation processes would gradually bring down the cost of FttP."

Patton is giving evidence at a Senate NBN inquiry this morning. But he has foreshadowed that it appears there’s a case to review the current strategy for fibre-to-the-node if there are now less costly ways of doing fibre-to-premises.

He explained fibre-to-the-node requires electricity and one issue slowing the roll out is the need to get approval from local councils for installation of this power.

Whereas, fibre-to-premises needs no power.

Stay tuned for more developments.


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