Australia - Digital Economy - Industry Working Group


During the OOS, BuddeComm has taken several industry initiatives to progress the transformation of the broadband telecoms industry. This includes a National Broadband Forum, a National Municipality Broadband Forum, Utilitel that has since developed into Smart Grid Australia and the Wholesale Industry Working Group. In October 2007 BuddeComm organised an industry networking dinner, which was attended by the then Shadow Minister for Communications, Senator Stephen Conroy (now Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy). The Minister accepted the industry’s offer to assist him in the process of developing the National Broadband Network plan. Consequently the industry formed the FttH SIG, which has since been renamed into Digital Economy Industry Working Group. This group represents 200 people from 140 companies, 40 people actively participated in the project, 600 pages of submissions were provided. That report was presented to the Minister in March 2008. In the following months further recommendations and submissions were presented to the Government. Since that time the group has taken on a governance role to make sure that the implementation stays as close as possible to the initial concept.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Working Groups
  • 3. Government’s National Broadband Plan (separate report)
  • 4. Digital Economy CEO Forum
  • 5. Smart grids, E-Health, E-Learning –new submissions
  • 6. Industry fighting for Open Access FttH
    • 6.1 The 17 National Broadband Network Principles
      • 6.1.1 Ubiquity
      • 6.1.2 Open Access Network Environment
      • 6.1.3 Industry Benefits
      • 6.1.4 Technology
      • 6.1.5 Leveraging Government Investment
      • 6.1.6 Education
  • 7. Workgroup recommendations to Expert Panel
    • 7.1 Common Recommendations between Greenfield and Brownfield
    • 7.2 Key Greenfield FTTP Recommendations
    • 7.3 Key Brownfield FTTP Recommendations
    • 7.4 Key Access Seeker Recommendations
  • 8. Smart Grid Australia and FttH Applications Work Groups
    • 8.1 Smart Grid Australia (separate Report)
    • 8.2 FttH Applications
  • 9. Related reports

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Last updated 13 Aug 2008
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Analyst: Paul Budde

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