Australia - National Broadband Network - NBN Co - 2009-2013 (historic)


NBN Co was launched in August 2009 NBN Co as a government business enterprise (GBE), wholly owned by the Commonwealth of Australia. It is overseen by ‘shareholder ministers’ – the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy and the Minister of Finance and Deregulation.

The purpose of the company is to build a nationwide, wholesale-only, high-speed, open broadband network. Since its inception it has been selecting technology and designing the network and systems, as well as developing a wholesale product offering.

In its original plan under the previous government, the company would connect 93% of homes, schools and workplaces to an optical fibre network (fibre-to-the-premises – FttP), providing high-speed broadband services to Australians in urban and regional towns. The remaining 7% of premises will be connected to an LTE-based fixed wireless network, and this includes the very remote ones who will be linked to a satellite network.

With the arrival of a new government the original plan will be replaced by what they call an ‘Optimised Multi-Technology Mix’. While details of this plan are slowly emerging it won’t be until later on in 2014 before the extend of the changes are becoming g clear.

This report also provides financial and operational information regarding NBN Co's corporate plan, including forecasts covering the three years from 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2013. The plan outlines the original plans for the competitive pricing for wholesale broadband, including a basic service offering with a uniform national wholesale access price.

Further developments of the company under its changed direction are updated in a separate report: Australia - National Broadband Network - NBN Co 2.0

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. National Broadband Network Corporation (NBN Co)
    • 2.1 An infrastructure company
    • 2.2 The role of NBN Co
    • 2.3 Governance and management of NBN Co - Analysis
  • 3. NBN Co Corporate Plan 2012-15
    • 3.1 Long-term financial data on the investment
    • 3.2 Operating costs
    • 3.3 Effects on revenue
    • 3.4 Analysis
  • 4. Shareholders Report - 2012
  • 5. NBN Co Corporate plan – 2010 - Historic
    • 5.1 Key highlights
    • 5.2 Pricing and market assumptions
    • 5.3 Product offerings
  • 6. Analysis of the company and its activities
    • 6.1 Major credibility issues for NBN Co
    • 6.2 NBN Co – a company under stress
    • 6.3 Can NBN Co do the job?
    • 6.4 NBN Co’s position needs to be clarified
    • 6.5 NBN Co’s trans-sector role questioned
  • 7. Related reports

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