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NBN chief Ziggy Switkowski announces fibre-optic cable won’t be rolled out to all Tasmanian homes


TASMANIANS eagerly lining up for a journey on Australia’s internet superhighway face a big U-turn, with NBN chief Ziggy Switkowski confirming yesterday that the premium fibre-optic service would not be rolled out to all premises as originally promised.

Dr Switkowski, who was in Tasmania to provide an NBN update, said there would be a mix of technologies, including the use of existing copper wire for premises connected to the network from next year.

But he said up to 80,000 Tasmanian premises would get the all-fibre rollout this year.

Premier Lara Giddings said the Federal Government had broken its NBN promise.

“It’s absolutely appalling that the Australian Government is doing this to us because this is about Tasmania’s future,” Ms Giddings said.

“It’s about our economy, it’s about jobs, it’s about how we future-proof this state, it is about how we compete on the global levels.”

Mr Turnbull promised to honour existing contracts during last year’s federal election campaign.

Visionstream secured a $300 million contract in March 2012 to provide high speed fibre-optic band to 200,000 Tasmanian homes and businesses by the end of 2015.

But Dr Switkowski said the latest plan would have a mix of technologies and wouldn’t be completed until 2019.

That mix could be influenced by a plan to install fibre optic cable on power poles.

Sourced from The Mercury

So this comes as no surprise, I mean seriously Tony Abbott had no intention of keeping the NBN contracts in situ for Tasmania and if you believed this when voting then you’re a bloody fool! Tony’s Government has cost Australia more jobs in the first 150 than any other government in the history of the country. It’s going to get much worse…

Opposition Explain FTTN Policy

The debate over the future roll out of the NBNCo infrastructure is taking an interesting spin. The current policy is to install FTTH (Fibre to the Home) however the opposition wish to change this to FTTN (Fibre to the Node)
So how does this change things? Well FTTH brings the end user fibre optic cable to the house (point of entry) however FTTN has the fibre optic cable terminate into a node where the end user will still rely on copper wire connection.

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Editorial: Gigabytes and gibberish ¹

THERE is little doubt digital data technology has revolutionised much in our lives.

THERE is little doubt digital data technology has revolutionised everything from televisions, cameras and telephones to cars, computers and newspapers.

The past 15 years have seen the technology creep into the fabric of life. We are now reliant on it in some way, shape or form. Texting and email have become a part of everyday life. As such, we know it works. We know its advantages.

But many of us remain wary of the obsessive computer geek who rants gibberish about the latest technology. Incomprehensible jargon with grand, majestic statements are a cause for mistrust.

This is a problem for the federal and state governments in the $43 billion National Broadband Network rollout.

Take for example, Tasmanian senator Carol Brown, who says the NBN is the “largest nation-building project in our history”. What’s that mean exactly?

“It will be an enabling platform across the economy, critical for small businesses, future healthcare delivery, the education of our young people and our ability to work cleaner, smarter faster,” she says.

What’s an enabling platform?

She goes on to say it will “help drive productivity and increase growth”. How?

Australian Computer Society president Anthony Wong says the NBN will start a revolution in online services.

“Technology underpins all forms of production, transport and communication, and enables the delivery of an enormous range of products and services in eduction, banking, health and entertainment,” Mr Wong said.

What services? What products?

In layman’s terms, why would a Midway Point householder connect?

This has not been properly explained.

We have heard grand statements about the revolution, but, in plain English, how will it change our lives?

If people do not understand, they will not connect.

NBN Tasmania chairman Doug Campbell predicts fewer than 30 per cent of premises will take up its service in the first few years and industry sources suggest 17 per cent.

In December, Telstra offered a million cable customers in Melbourne three-times faster download speeds on a two-year contract (at similar speeds to the NBN), but in the first few months only a few hundred took up the offer.

The world’s most comprehensive optic-fibre rollout, in South Korea, has attracted only 39 per cent of households.

How will it go down in Tassie?

The State Government is funding forums statewide to help explain the NBN and the Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania, the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association, the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Tasmanian Small Business Council are promoting its benefits.

The Tasmanian public’s reaction to the NBN will set the tone for the national rollout. Any perception problems in Scottsdale can be expected to be replicated everywhere from Greendale, in Victoria, to Coffs Harbour, in New South Wales.

At this stage — only weeks from the first connections — the information has been far from grounded.

Combined with early issues about training and workplace practices, the rollout has got off to a shaky start.

With Tony Abbott vowing to wind back the rollout and ready to pounce on the slightest slip, it is imperative it goes to plan — the political survival of the Rudd Government may depend on it.

Every Tasmanian home, business, school and hospital is set to get high-speed broadband.

That sounds great, but how will that affect Gary and Norm down at the local, or Shane and Barry at the sawmill, or Terry and Sue at the school, or Maria and Dan down on the farm? We need to know.

¹ sourced: themercury.com.au