Australia - National Broadband Network - Critical Considerations


The new broadband plan offers unprecedented opportunities for Australia. Not just in relation to telecommunications, broadband and the Internet but also for a range of new applications, most of which we can’t even envisage as this point in time. This report addresses the enormous opportunities that this infrastructure - as a utility - has to offer and also addresses at a high level the essential issues that need to be addressed. A critical issue is that it needs to be judged as the infrastructure for the digital economy. To simply see this as an upgrade to ADSL broadband would be a grave mistake. This report is complemented with comments from both the Digital Economy Industry Working Group and our International (Obama Team) Big Think Strategies Group.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. The National FttH Broadband Network (separate Report)
  • 3. NBN Co bringing us to the next stage - September 2009
    • 3.1 Trans-sector approach now well-accepted
    • 3.2 The role of NBN Co
  • 4. Governance and Management of the NBN/NBC
  • 5. Regulations - critical considerations
    • 5.1 Learning form other models
    • 5.2 New regulations
  • 6. Wholesale
    • 6.1 Robust regime based on previous experiences
    • 6.2 What about existing FttH users?
  • 7. Technology critical consideration
  • 8. Basic infrastructure
  • 9. Co-development of the Digital Economy
  • 10. Strategic differences of an NBN
  • 11. NBN debate needs to be broadened
  • 12. Comments from International experts
    • 12.1 Introduction
    • 12.2 Key applications include:
      • 12.2.1 Comment on ‘meatspace’ (1)
      • 12.2.2 Comment on ‘meatspace’ (2)
    • 12.3 Preparing new business models
    • 12.4 People issues
    • 12.5 Regulations
    • 12.6 Ideas for FttH applications
      • 12.6.1 Metering
      • 12.6.2 Remote sensing
      • 12.6.3 Wireless Access Points
      • 12.6.4 Fire fighting
    • 12.7 E-Health
    • 12.8 Education - what will they do for the economy?
    • 12.9 Remote diagnostics
    • 12.10 Unserved areas
    • 12.11 Trans-sector
    • 12.12 FttH Infrastructure
    • 12.13 FttH opportunities
  • 13. Related Reports
    • 13.1 from DEIWG
    • 13.2 USA – reports produced for the Obama Transition Team
    • 13.3 Other Papers

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Last updated 24 Sep 2009
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