Great one David4. Fact over fiction is always sobering.
The second news item is of interest in many ways.
It sounds great but offers little in substance or commitments from the NBN Co.
I read as follows (with my good eye):
Firstly that if you are a FTN customer what you have (maximum speed available) is for the foreseeable future all you are going to get. The majority of all fixed line customers are in this situation!
Second the suggestion of the ability to provide future speed upgrades to FTTB/P and HFC by relatively straight forward hardware technology replacement is no surprise. Practically these are also the customers already getting the best NBN speed outcomes plus a lucky few on FTTN who are very close to a node. So no need to do more for them, but we could?
Third point for fixed wireless customers many of whom are still waiting for the towers to materialise and can't know how good or bad it may actually turn out. NBN Co could do 5G or more 4G or may be just nothing more than currently planned. What caught my attention most is the last part of the following assessment by ITnews.
quote- "Finally, on the fixed wireless front, the immediate options to increase capacity are 4G radio access network capacity expansions, as well as upgrades to microwave or fibre backhaul that service LTE sites."
As many of the current planned FW towers use capacity limited microwave backhaul is the NBN finally admitting to having got this decision wrong! I hope so. That does not infer it is going to remedy it though?
Fourth point. A third satellite. Wow, what a great option. There is mild surprise (sarcasim of the NBN) no one else ever thought of this despite a more than 50% increase in customers to cover and uptake rate of 2 to 3 times the plan. We could actually need another 6 satellites at this rate to deliver the originally planned standard of service? Would this also make it the Number 1 satellite to ground non military data network in the world? Great PR if it is?
It's therefore no surprise the NBN Co recently suggested it would need more money to finish the job. The only suspense for me now is how much more, how soon, and how do you dress this up to look good? True to the insight provided by "Utopia" on the ABC and by borrowing a little of Telstra think do your relabel the NBN at the same time. My dumbest idea would be to call it "NBN+" or "Next-NBN" bringing to you an even faster and better NBN than ever!
It will be great if the NBN Co continues to provide ongoing traffic usage data in a consistent and meaningful format. Will data consumption grow exponentially? It has for everything else IT related. Cloud storage, client server applications and TV/streaming. Then there are 3d holographic Skype sessions anyone? Well for 20% of the population this might be possible.