Bill Morrow, chief of NBN had a trip to the United States to meet tech giants like Google and Facebook to reaffirm that the company is following the right methods to roll out the national broadband network. This could shift to faster technology in spite of renewed speculations.
Along with NBN’s engineering and strategy team of a delegation, Morrow met the Google’s Fibre division and Facebook to discuss the technology chosen for the network to rest. Morrow also met other companies like Verizon, Comcast, AT&T, Cisco, ViaSat, Ericsson, and a number of other equipment vendors.
The company is currently testing and using new methods to get faster alternatives for fibre to the premises (FTP). Critics suggest that the government owned enterprises should be deploying more expensive FTTP options to increase the capacity of FTTN to provide high download and upload speed. This policy was favoured by former Labor government.
However, the government is trying to deploy FTTN more cheaply and quickly even prior to upgrading the network, where the market requires it in future.
Last week, Morrow made a media trip where journalists run through the NBN’s upcoming trail of so-called fibre to the distribution point (FTTdp) technology and “skinny fibre”. This is expected to offer a cheaper alternative than the previous Labor government’s FTTP network. This means now we no longer need to dig up driveways and gardens to connect to individual homes, notes ZDNET.
“You hear a lot of things said, such as claims that the US is completely abandoning FTTN and all the cable companies are abandoning HFC and everybody is going to get fibre . . . we got tired of hearing all these claims second and third hand so we went to find out for ourselves,” Morrow said to Australian Financial review.
He also raised questions regarding the finances around providing services at gigabit speed to Google Fibre executives. They have said that since this is above the range of the FTTN plans telecom companies and cable companies can only afford the similar upgrades.