Internet Australia: It’s Not Too Late To Ditch FTTN

Internet Australia: It’s Not Too Late To Ditch FTTN

NBN needs to abandon copper-based Fibre to the Node (FTTN), says lobby group Internet Australia. In its latest attack, the organisation is claiming it’s “essential for Australia’s economic and social development” to abandon the technology in favour of Fibre to the distribution point. And no, it says, it’s not too late.

Internet Australia has been shouting the virtues of FTTd over FTTN for more than a year now.

“It’s a shame NBN won’t admit their use of ageing copper is a mistake that will cost billions to replace”, Internet Australia’s Executive Director, Laurie Patton, commented, “Meanwhile, Australians are suffering with inferior broadband, customer complaints are rising and the worst is yet to come”.

Patton says the issues already plaguing the rollout will be exacerbated as NBN rushes to complete the project, which just hit the halfway point.

“The sooner we abandon FTTN the better,” Patton says. “So we call on the Government to switch to FTTdp immediately, in the national interest”.

When the project is completed in 2020, Internet Australia says NBN will need to ‘upgrade’ all the premises with FTTN, “as it becomes increasingly obvious customers are not being delivered what they want or need”.

“It’s not really an upgrade anyway because they’ll have to rip out all the copper wiring and the so-called ‘nodes’ will be redundant,” Patton says. “Nobody knows exactly how much this will cost us all, but we’re talking billions of dollars”.


  • We already have.

    Unfortunately Finder have taken their technology type description from the website, it now just says “fixed line” – but if you are privvy to the NBN rollout schedule, almost every deployment starting in 2018 is Fibre to the Curb, not Fibre to the Node.

    • @xqx. That’s great ! But what about the households that are already on FTTN ? Do we have to suffer on until 2020 ? This then becomes an inequality problem !!!

      • What about all those on NBN converted HFC cable networks. Throttled down party-lines, at best the dowloads are limited, and when everyone is on its woeful. Uploads, what uploads.

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