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08
Apr
2009

Australia’s New Broadband Plan

POSTED BY Global Administrator
Big news of the week? It’s got to be Australia’s announcement of its national broadband plan. The Kevin Rudd Government has announced a new company to build and operate a new super fast fibre optic wholesale National Broadband Network. The government will sell off its stake within 5 years of the network being set up. This will be the single largest nation building infrastructure project in Australian history. In case you haven’t heard, these are the main elements:



1.       Connect 90 percent of all Australian homes, schools and workplaces with broadband services with speeds up to 100 Mbit/s



2.       Connect all other premises in Australia with next generation wireless and satellite technologies that will be deliver broadband speeds of 12 Mbit/s



3.       Directly support up to 25,000 local jobs every year, on average, over the 8 year life of the project.  



Cost? An eye-watering A$43 billion ($30bn US) – say it quickly!



Telstra is one of the world leaders in mobile broadband HSPA, and has recently announced a 21Mbit/s HSPA+ service to business customers. There is a roadmap to 42Mbit/s and onward towards 100Mbit/s, working with Ericsson. Beyond that will no doubt will come a migration to LTE at some point.



Thinking about all this, my point today is – where does Telstra’s HSPA network fit into this grand master plan? Will there be a super fast fibre optic network and a super fast mobile broadband network? Where does fixed to mobile convergence play into this?

Maybe I’m missing something but I’d welcome answers and comments on a postcard please....