NEWS
Tags: 

Confusion after Australia changes FTTH plans

The new Australian coalition government is planning to change the development of the country's national broadband network, from a fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network to a fibre-to-node network.

The new plan, pledged by the newly elected government, will use copper cables from the national network provider Telstra's to connect households to the fibre network.

While the proposal is likely to save billions of dollars, it will scupper plans to deliver a 1Gbps service to the majority of the population; now, only 20 per cent of the country is likely to have a connection capable of such speeds.

However, there is confusion over progress made by the country's National Broadband Network (NBN), which had originally pledged that a 1Gbps service would be available by the end of 2013. There are rumours that the project has been delayed, and the NBN now says it is 'awaiting advice' from the government over its next steps, according to The Australian newspaper.

To further confuse matters a petition set up by a Queensland student, demanding that the  government goes ahead with the original FTTH plan, is said to have attracted around 150,000 signatures in the three days since the coalition was voted in.

Twitter icon
Facebook icon
Google icon
StumbleUpon icon
Digg icon
LinkedIn icon
Reddit icon
e-mail icon
Feature

Oleg Khaykin, CEO of Viavi Solutions, speaks candidly to Fibre Systems about how to compete in the challenging world of communications test and measurement

Feature

Hao Dong describes how innovative optical fibres and cabling could provide substantial benefits for connecting data centres across a wide range of distances

Feature

Richard Ednay considers whether fibre characterisation needs to be modified to suit modern optical communication systems that are likely to include coherent transmission

Feature

ECOC is the place to be to discover the latest technological and commercial innovations in optical components and networks. Here we highlight some of the exhibitors and events taking place in the exhibition hall.