January 24, 2010 3:30 PM GMT
I’ve been working in Australia for the past few years and for those of you who haven’t heard, the Australian Government plans on investing over $40 billion (AUD) to deliver ‘superfast’ broadband access network accessible to 90% of Australians. This initiative will be the single largest nation building infrastructure project in Australian history. The goal of the NBN is to ensure that every house, school and business in Australia has access to broadband connectivity.
There are plenty of controversial components associated with this initiative in Australia – some of which include the necessity – is it really necessary to build this with tax payer money? Secondly, will Telstra accept the Australian Government’s demand to structurally separate? Who knows, time (and possibly a long time) will tell.
I’d be very interested in hearing everyone’s thought on this. I’d like to make this a very interactive discussion. To kick off the discussion, what are your thoughts on the following:
1. Telstra could match the Broadband speed of the upcoming NBN using their Cable broadband infrastructure – where service can deliver 100Mbps thanks to new technology, including DOCSIS 3.0 – given this….is there really a need?
2. What experiences/warnings/issues/etc. have you experienced while working on a National Broadband Network implementation?
3. Will $40 billion and 8 years be enough to accomplish this?