BuddeComm Intelligence Report - National Broadband Network Trends (NBN)


Archived report. Around the world, national broadband networks (NBN) have been accepted as the way of the future for the majority of countries. By September 2016 there were 151 countries which had developed NBN policies and plans and Asia Pacific is the leading region in terms of fixed broadband market share. This report explores some of the key considerations surrounding NBN deployment as well as providing valuable case studies on interesting deployments in Australia and Singapore. It discusses the role of the NBN infrastructure company, government leadership and a trans-sector approach.

Australia’s NBN had a long gestation, and since being implemented in 2012 it has undergone significant changes in its business plan and architecture. Singapore has earned the title of ‘the intelligent island’ after years of hard work, achieving high world rankings in most categories of technical advancement.

For further global statistics on fixed broadband, please also see separate report: Global - Broadband and FttP - Key Statistics and Insights.

Key developments:

As of late 2016 there were 151 countries worldwide with a developed broadband policy in place, recognising that such infrastructure is critical to their development. There were also 7 countries planning on developing a policy and 38 countries with no plans at all. In 2015 a study by the ITU found that only 43% of the world’s population has regular access to the Internet.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Why National broadband Networks are so important
  • 3. The many aspects of broadband infrastructure
    • 3.1 Broadband equals healthcare infrastructure
    • 3.2 Broadband equals utility infrastructure
    • 3.3 Broadband equals education infrastructure
    • 3.4 Broadband equals media and e-business infrastructure
    • 3.5 Broadband equals smart cities
  • 4. World Bank pushing for broadband
  • 5. United Nations sustainable development goals
  • 6. IoT and M2M require broadband
  • 7. Technology critical consideration
    • 7.1 Introduction
    • 7.2 Basic infrastructure
    • 7.3 Open network = innovation and affordability
  • 8. National Broadband Network Company
    • 8.1 An infrastructure company
    • 8.2 The role of the infrastructure company
    • 8.3 Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)
    • 8.4 FttH deployment cost guide
  • 9. Wireless broadband
    • 9.1 Why wireless broadband is not an alternative to FttH
  • 10. Other quick-win areas
  • 11. Trans-sector government
    • 11.1 Regional trans-sector trials
    • 11.2 Using electricity infrastructure to roll out broadband
    • 11.3 Skilled and readily available workforce
    • 11.4 Combined ONT/smart meter
  • 12. National broadband; leadership required
  • 13. National broadband network examples
    • 13.1 Australia
    • 13.2 Singapore’s broadband market
  • 14. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Global - fixed broadband subscribers and annual change – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 2 – Regional – market share of fixed broadband subscribers – 2014; 2015
  • Exhibit 1 – Why we need Fibre to the Farm

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Number of pages 19

Status Archived

Last updated 5 May 2017
Update History

Analysts: Paul Budde

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