Fibre Connections To Be Compulsory In New Developments

Fibre Connections To Be Compulsory In New Developments

As we all know, Stephen Conroy has been proposing some monumentally stupid and short-sighted Internet legislation in the past week, but alongside the ridiculous censorship posturing, there’s actually one sensible legislative proposal that’s emerged this week: a plan to make it compulsory for all new developments to have fibre optic networks for all communications cabling.

Fibre optic networks will play a crucial part in the National Broadband Network. As much as Senator Conroy deserves criticism (and a sustained series of snail mail communications) over the censorship rubbish, the notion of ensuring new buildings aren’t built to old standards is one pretty much anyone could back. (There are already forward-thinking housing estates with fibre to the premises courtesy of Internode and iiNet.) Draft legislation to make that happen was released this week, and will come into effect from the beginning of July if it passes.

Draft Legislation for Fibre in New Developments


  • I had to laugh while reading the mainstream stories on this. Talk about lack of journalistic research. Some developers claimed it would add $5k to the price of a new home. I could not find one single source from the industry on the costs. For myself, I expect I will be paid around $240 to do a full install of FTTP.

  • Forcing fibre to the home on property developers just increases the cost per home. If potential residents are not interested in internet access, why should they pay extra? I live in a retirement community. Only one person in three bothers to get an internet connection. Hardly any of them are seeking increased speed.

    However I did see the (confidential) costs of FTTP. Some 64 new houses here have FTTP. Head-end cost over $100,000, not including the building, power supply, and air conditioning. A data and phone connection upgrade (basically Cisco routers) will be another $100,000. However it is capable of handling many thousands of connections.

    Connections to each house cost over $2000. That covers fibre, PON network, an Optical Network Unit and a hub in each premise. Service trenching, earthworks and backfill were extra, and this was at a Greenfield site.

    So far the only thing FTTP does is distribute TV signals, not data, as there is no backhaul available.

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