Posted November 04, 2018 07:03:49 It seems like the NBN has finally caught up with the internet.
The Federal Government has announced it is now releasing a national rollout schedule for the NBN, with the first blocks due to be rolled out next month.
Key points:The Government has said the rollout will be “complete by Christmas” and “in many parts of Australia”The rollout will include fibre to the premises, high-speed broadband, mobile phone coverage and a fibre-to-the-node networkThe rollout is expected to take up to 20 years to complete.
The rollout, which will include a network of fibre-optic cables and a new “network of high-capacity optical fibre”, will be completed by the end of 2020.
The National Broadband Network will be the “next generation” of the fibre network that was first rolled out by Telstra in the mid-1990s.
But while the NBN is widely hailed as a major milestone in Australia’s broadband future, there are still some questions about what exactly is going to happen with the rollout.
Here are the key points:What is the NBN?
The National Fibre Network Infrastructure (NFNI) will provide broadband and phone services to about 200 million Australians and will include the copper network already in use by Telcos.
What is fibre?
Fibre is the underlying technology of the NBN.
Fibres can be used for many different things, including video streaming, mobile telephony, home entertainment, and other high-value uses.
Currently, the NBN can provide speeds of about 50 megabits per second (Mbps).
However, fibre can also be used to provide fibre-coaxial (FCoC) or coaxial (GCoC), which provide a much faster connection.
So, why are the rollout delays?
The NBN was originally expected to be completed in 2019, but it has been delayed several times by the Federal Government.
In March 2018, NBN Co chief executive Mike Quigley said that the rollout would begin “in some places in Australia in 2021, but in many other places it may not be ready by that date”.
But in July 2018, Mr Quigleys statement was contradicted by NBN Co head of business operations Mike Lakin.
He told The Australian Financial Review that the NBN would be “ready” by “late 2021”.
“There is a significant backlog of the construction work that’s going to take place on the NBN,” Mr Lakin said.
“That backlog is currently at about 20 years, and the Government has made a commitment to bring that to completion by December 2020.”
However in a statement released on Tuesday, NBNCo chief executive Michael Quigly said that progress was continuing on the project and the timetable for the rollout was “well within our timeframe”.
He said that work on the fibre to poles would start in 2021.
Who is the NFPI?
The NFPIs are government-owned fibre networks that will provide high-quality wireless broadband to households.
They will be rolled-out in a number of locations in Australia, including remote communities, inner cities and regional areas.
Why are there delays?
One of the major hurdles to getting the NBN to roll-out as planned has been delays in the construction of the copper networks that underpin the NBN’s fibre-wire networks.
It is hoped that the completion of the NFUI in 2021 will allow the NBN Co to have access to fibre-stations in a range of locations.
However the rollout has been plagued by the problems that the copper cables will face in their journey through the earth.
For example, some of the cables will have to be removed from their original locations in order to reach the poles and the NBN will have difficulties working with them.
How does the NBN compare to the NBN in the US?
The Federal Government and NBN Co have been competing for the same customers in the past.
NBN Co is the incumbent in the market for high-density fibre broadband, with its own network in the states of Washington and California.
Since NBN Co has had a monopoly on the copper market for so long, the cost of the project has become prohibitive for businesses and consumers alike.
At the time of the original announcement, the US Government was planning to spend $11 billion over the next five years on the national fibre network.
Under the NFI, the Federal government has agreed to provide NBN Co with $8.2 billion in loans to fund the construction and maintenance of the national network.
The cost of this new investment in the national broadband network is expected not to exceed $6.5 billion over five years.
When will we get the new fibre?
The first blocks of the National Broad-band Network rollout will roll out in Australia from December 2021, with further blocks to follow.
By early 2019, the