The network effect of 97% of the population being connected via fibre is a vision that won’t be reached anytime soon. And the blame for this can be seen to be laid at the feet of former Prime Minister Tony Abbott and current Prime Minister and former Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
AUSTRALIA’S NATIONAL BROADBAND NETWORK (or NBN for short) could have been a game changing national infrastructure project for the 21st century and possibly beyond. That was the vision of the then Kevin Rudd-led Labor government after winning the 2007 federal election. Originally to be delivered via Fibre to The Node (FTTN) technology to 98% of premises, but later changed to the more future-proof Fibre to the Premises (FTTP), the NBN was to be nation changing.
The maximum line speed NBN proposed for the majority of customers on FTTP was 100 Mbps download and 40 Mbps upload. The beauty of fibre internet, though, is that at some point in the future this could be theoretically upgraded to 1 gigabit per second symmetrical and, who knows, even 10 gigabits per second. That’s the beauty of fibre. Once the fibre optic cable is laid into the ground it takes minimal effort to upgrade the equipment at either end of the cable to produce breathtaking results.