BuddeComm Intelligence Report - The Many Aspects of Broadband Infrastructure


Archived report. In 2014 there were a number of countries around the world whose governments were actively investigating the social and economic benefits that can be achieved through the deployment of a mainly fibre-based telecoms infrastructure.

Services that depend on high quality broadband infrastructure include e-health, e-education, e-business, digital media, e-government, smart meters etc. In countries where the national telco is lagging behind, we see that governments have no choice other than to take a leadership role, as they have done with similar infrastructure over the last 100 years.

This unique BuddeComm Intelligence report provides insights into the various functions and importance of broadband infrastructure. It explores the reasons why a holistic approach to implementing National Broadband Networks (NBN) is required and examines the issues surrounding market-initiated competition.

Latest developments:

Early results of the Google Fiber project are positive; Australia was the first country to get the (national purpose) vision right, thanks to government leadership in terms of the NBN. The USA soon followed and the EU (Digital Agenda for Europe), New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, Korea and Sweden are showing real leadership as well. Economic and trans-sector innovations are now key items on the political agenda of these countries.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Can we afford not to have a fibre optic infrastructure?
  • 3. The issue of market-initiated competition in telecoms
    • 3.1 The underlying problem: lack of competition
  • 4. Broadband doesn’t just equal high-speed Internet
    • 4.1 Increase in broadband quality problems
    • 4.2 Internet traffic growth
  • 5. The thousands of unreported benefits of high-speed infrastructure
  • 6. Broadband and household income
    • 6.1 The impact of broadband on income
    • 6.2 Why broadband speed increases income
  • 7. The many aspects of broadband infrastructure
    • 7.1 Broadband equals healthcare infrastructure
    • 7.2 Broadband equals utility infrastructure
    • 7.3 Broadband equals education infrastructure
    • 7.4 Broadband equals media and e-business infrastructure
    • 7.5 Broadband equals smart cities
  • 8. Trans-sectoral thinking required for governments
  • 9. Barriers to NBN and broadband adoption
    • 9.1 Broken regulatory systems and the new broadband environment
    • 9.2 Barriers unique and numerous
  • 10. Conclusion
  • 11. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Global - fixed broadband subscribers and annual change – 2005 - 2014
  • Table 2 – Regional - share of broadband subscribers – Q2 2012
  • Chart 1 – Global - fixed broadband subscribers - 2005 – 2014
  • Exhibit 1 – Kansas City to receive Google’s ultra high-speed broadband network
  • Exhibit 2 – BuddeComm’s contribution towards broadband based trans-sector policies

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As usual, you’ve done a splendid job of bringing an industry well and truly into the spotlight.

I think that without your input and passion, Australia would have barely scratched the surface of the benefits that can and will be achieved with the wholesale adoption of Smart Grid and Smart City concepts.


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