Australia: Good to be an ISP/bad to be an end user

At the APRICOT conference this week it has been interesting to meet so many people that operate outside of Australia or NZ that have assumed Australia would provide better internet options for end users than NZ. This assumption is completely wrong and Australia will be hard pressed to catch up to NZ within the next …

The maths behind unlimited data

The commoditisation of consumer and business grade internet is to a large extent now complete, and enterprise/corporate internet is close to following suit. My definition of commoditisation, and hopefully I have nailed this, is when services are largely uniform between suppliers from a consumers point of view and price is the primary determining factor in …

NBN to be privatised

It seems almost certain that unless the Australian coalition government is ousted at the next election, the NBN will cease to be a public asset. Earlier this year, NBN held an event at an upmarket hotel in Sydney which journalists and financial entities attended in order to hear about NBN Co.’s current financial position and …

Use of HFC by NBN creates service disparity

NBN and UFB have recently announced revised deployment models in order to keep their rollout timelines on target and to reduce burgeoning costs. In Australia, this means a move by NBN Co. to Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) last mile access where the network is already deployed (and that is currently past 2.7 million homes). HFC, according …

Getting the UFB consents process right

In New Zealand, Chorus want UFB services to be deemed a “designated service” under the Resource Management Act, meaning that they (and the other LFC’s) would have to consult with property owners, but would not need their sign off to lay fibre down a shared right of way, or into an apartment/unit. The ICT minister, …

What do Google Fibre, NBN and UFB have in common?

Answer: Despite having almost no market share, and a small coverage area with no guarantee of future expansion, or even uniformity of service design, all three carriers have forced their respective competitors to substantially improve their service design and lower price points. Google Fibre has been busy rolling out services in Kansas since late 2012 …

Australian Coalition NBN Plan – Why No Focus On Upload Speeds?

With the unveiling of the Australian coalition’s counter NBN strategy announced last week, it was disheartening to see so little detail on such an important topic: upload speeds. Upload speeds are becoming ever more important as video conferencing, IP telephony and cloud based applications are embraced at an exponentially greater rate and working from home …

Why No Aggregated National Port Option From UFB/NBN?

As an ISP there are a couple of ways to pick up tail circuits from carriers in NZ and Australia. The first is a region specific handover. If the client is located in Queensland, a carrier may state that you must accept handover of that circuit on to your network in that same state. Telstra …

NBN vs. UFB – Head to Head Comparison

Following on from the same sort of approach in my last post, I thought it would be interesting to compare the government sponsored fibre rollouts under way in Australia and New Zealand. I will preface this post by saying that information around both initiatives is still quite fluid and I apologise in advance if any …