It appears that a number of suburbs that were destined to received fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) National Broadband Network (NBN) connections will be getting fibre-to-the-curb (FTTC) and fixed wireless services instead, according to a report by iTNews.
Note: FTTC is also known as fibre-to-the-distribution point (FTTdp).
After NBN Co said it would no longer be releasing updates to its three-year plan for the NBN, iTNews manually went through the company's Check Your Address online tool to ascertain changes to the planned network rollout.
We already know that NBN Co will be switching on FTTC, a technology considered to be superior to NBN's predominant technology FTTN, in selected suburbs in Sydney and Melbourne. NBN Co also announced last year it has plans to deploy FTTC to at least 700,000 premises.
According to iTNews, NBN Co has now got at least 470 cities, suburbs and towns across six states and territories on the FTTC rollout schedule. Most of these are located in NSW and Victoria, mainly in metropolitan areas. What's interesting is that a large portion of those areas were tipped to get FTTN.
A significant number of areas that were set to get FTTN have also been converted to fixed wireless or satellite areas, according to the data iTNews collected from the Check My Address tool.
These changes seem to indicate that NBN Co is gradually backing away from its commitment to a predominantly FTTN NBN. It's too early to tell but who knows? Perhaps the company is planning to move even more areas onto FTTC and fixed wireless in the near future.
You can take a look at the reconstructed NBN three-year plan in detail over at iTNews.
Ever since the Coalition government came into power and declared it will use the fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) model for the National Broadband Network (NBN), experts and vocal technology-conscious citizens have been up in arms about it. But the argument against FTTN has been mounting for years. Faced with overwhelming evidence and new technology alternatives, the Government can no longer ignore that their NBN vision is short-sighted. They need to act now instead of dooming us to an archaic broadband network just to save face. Here are four reasons why fibre-to-the-distribution point (FTTdp) needs to be adopted for the NBN.