Fibre-to the node (FTTN) technology will help to lift Australia’s position as a world leader in the delivery of fast, reliable broadband, according to nbn co CEO, Bill Morrow.
FTTN technology connects a new fibre optic cable framework to a node on the street. This then links to the existing copper network already wired into homes and businesses, to deliver faster broadband services.
Speaking at the recent ASTRA Conference in Sydney, Morrow claimed while he understands there is keen interest in the nbn’s technology capabilities, observers should resist making judgements before they see the evidence of faster speeds.
According to Morrow, recent comments by commentators that suggest FTTN would mean Australia’s becoming an “Internet backwater” were simply wrong.
“To suggest we have “quietly dropped” a government-mandated target of delivering at least 25 Mbps download speed to all Australian premises is also a misnomer.
"On the contrary, our network has the potential to deliver 50 Mbps speeds to more than 90 per cent of fixed-line premises. More than half the network will be capable of achieving gigabit per second speeds,” he stated.
In addition, Morrow indicated that today's nbn network will provide access to fast speeds that meet the needs of Australians sooner and at less cost to taxpayers. He also said there is an upgrade path should demand exceed current capacity.
“It is expected that when the nbn network is completed, Australia will be on an equal if not better footing than most of our global peers in terms of broadband delivery speeds. Advances in technology will breathe new life into existing infrastructure.”
Morrow said later this month, nbn co will launch its first commercial FTTN services to retail service providers, which will eventually be rolled out to an estimated 38 per cent of end-users across Australia.
“The good news is that most FTTN trial subscribers are getting speeds of around 100 Mbps for premises up to 400 metres away from the node and 50 Mbps for premises as far as 700 metres from the node.
“nbn is now planning trials of G.Fast technology which will open the way for Gigabit FTTN services in the future,” he said.