Australia - Developing Alternative CANs


Historically, government policies, strategies and regulations have been mainly based on the traditional telecommunications and broadcasting services. Many of the current regulations were framed in line with the attitudes and business philosophies that prevailed during the late 1980s and early 1990s. While access, interconnect and number portability are still key issues for the industry, a number of new initiatives, addressing alternative Customer Access Networks (CANs), are now occurring – outside the conventional telco box.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Introduction
    • 2.1 Lack of facilities-based competition
    • 2.2 Out-of-the-box solutions
  • 3. Missing link: state-of-the-art CANs
    • 3.1 No competition – no innovation
    • 3.2 Natural monopoly
    • 3.3 On-network competition
    • 3.4 International benchmark
    • 3.5 Emerging players
    • 3.6 Protection needed
    • 3.7 Governments as facilitator
  • 4. The civic costs of rolling out new CANs
  • 5. Creative CAN solutions needed
    • 5.1 Limits of the copper network
    • 5.2 Advanced DSL in local loop
    • 5.3 Battle fatigue in fight for access
    • 5.4 Safeguarding against Telstra
    • 5.5 PLC investigation
    • 5.6 Avoiding a cable TV repeat
    • 5.7 Nextgen CANs
  • 6. National good
  • 7. Community Support
  • 8. Local Councils
  • 9. Federal support
  • 10. Related reports
  • Exhibit 1 – Broadband Agenda for local councils

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Last updated 7 Jul 2004
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Analyst: Robin Whittle

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