NBN: Lives Up To It’s Name

In something of a shock to the industry, the federal government announced the winning bidder for it’s National Broadband Network (NBN) project. And the winner is……….nobody! Well, not one of the bidders, anyway.

The government decided that none of the bidders actually satisfied their requirements, so they are going to form their own company to do the work, with a aid of partners, whom they are now seeking. In this way, the “National” in NBN is truly lived up to!

Importantly, the government has realised the folly in seeking that the NBN be run using the existing copper loop into premises, backended with the Fibre-to-the-Node network, and in making their announcement today, have stated that for 90% of the population, the network will be a Fibre-to-the-Premise network. This siginficantly future proofs the network, and allows for speeds of 100Mb and beyond.

Nice – I just hope that they can actually build it now.