Australia - Broadband - Infrastructure Analyses


With the FttH National Broadband Network announcement in 2009 life will be brought back into this industry. There have been very few broadband infrastructure developments since 2005. Elsewhere the broadband infrastructure market is undergoing changes that are unprecedented in the history of the 100-year-old network. Internally, Telstra is in the process of upgrading its network to NGN but has not started rolling out innovations. We desperately need open networks to improve the competitive environment and this is set to happen with the new plans. An explosion has taken place in local loop unbundling and DSLAMs – this is a critical development on the road to FttH. Copper-based networks will remain the major infrastructure for years to come. In order to tap into new revenue streams FttH-based NGNs are also needed to develop trans-sector models for healthcare, education, smart grids, smart buildings and smart cities. This will require a host of value-added wholesale services such data centres, content hosting, billing, cloud computing and other activities essential to the emerging digital economy.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Infrastructure developments – 2009
  • 3. What is broadband and why is it needed?
  • 4. Damning report from Engineers Australia
  • 5. National backbone needs to increase one hundredfold
    • 5.1 Open systems the only way forward
  • 6. Boom and bust cycle in local access
    • 6.1 Global infrastructure nearing collapse
    • 6.2 Wild growth in local access
    • 6.3 Dark fibre providers setting the scene
    • 6.4 Financial crisis
  • 7. Regional developments
    • 7.1 New plans on the horizon
    • 7.2 Broadband has deteriorated in regional Australia
  • 8. Tasmania: Australia’s FttH testbed
    • 8.1 FttH history in Tasmania
    • 8.2 BuddeComm Analysis
  • 9. Incumbents are running behind
    • 9.1 Government becomes national infrastructure provider
    • 9.2 Slow CAN upgrades from Telstra (Historic)
    • 9.3 Optus has been pursuing resale rather than infrastructure
    • 9.4 How to destruct capital
    • 9.5 Serious consequence for Australian economy
  • 10. Infrastructure broadband map for Australia – update 2009
  • 11. Related reports
  • Exhibit 1 - FttH R&D projects from tasCOLT
  • Exhibit 2 – Fixed networks overview – 2009
  • Exhibit 3 – Wireless networks – 2009
  • Exhibit 4 – Secondary technologies – 2009
  • Exhibit 5 – Multimedia/hybrids technologies – 2009

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Number of pages 13

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Last updated 3 Jul 2009
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Analyst: Paul Budde

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