It's Good News And Band News From NBNCo

NBNCo is boasting of delivering 100/40 Mbps connections to new FttC (Fibre to the Curb) customers in the Melbourne suburb of Coburg. But CEO Bill Morrow is questioning whether the company will ever be financially competitive as other technologies steal its thunder in delivering fast connectivity.

The Good News

According to NBNCo, they connected a trial premises and achieved speeds of 109Mbps downstream and 44Mbps upstream using VDSL technology over a 70 metre copper line that serves the premises. That's nothing to be sneezed at although I still wonder what they'd get with FttP.

Given NBNCo is now committed to a multi-technology mix to deliver the network, this is not a terrible option although what real world results we'll see when more customers are connected and contention ratios become a part of the equation remains to be seen. Anyone with an ADSL connection knows of the daily slowdown after school and during other peak periods.

The Bad News

Bill Morrow has made comments saying the cost of delivering the NBN to a household is about $52 per month but the company is only getting about $43 from retail service providers. You don't need to be a genius that a monthly loss of $9 per premises gets to be big money pretty quickly.

Morrow says fast mobile broadband is eating into the market and the company may never be profitable.

The wash-up

Whether you're a fan or foe of the NBN, it's play to see the entire project has been a steaming pile of political manure. Form the outset, the project has been misrepresented to the public. It has been presented a technology project where it really is a civl engineering project. And the NBN board has had very little engineering expertise on board.

But they did spend almost half a million dollars on coffee machines so that's something.

I count myself as fortunate, having, over the last 20 years or so, having access to HFC for my broadband using both Telstra and Optus as my service providers. So, reliable and fast connections have been the norm for me.

But it's no wonder people are frustrated by the NBN. Those on the network are getting inconsistent performance, and there's still no clear vision or impetus to make it a forward looking project, with most of the strategic thinking limited to arresting our fall down the Netflix connectivity ratings.

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Comments

    An editor might need to take another glance at this article.

    I wonder what the NBN will look like once it's finished. Patchwork quilts are pleasant to use, unfortunate the same can't be said about an internet service.

    Hi Anthony!

    Thought you might like to know - The title of your article has a typo
    (although it kind of works, talking about bandwidth!)

    It's Good News And "Band" News From NBNCo

    Then:

    it's "play" to see the entire project
    "Form" the outset, the project
    really is a "civl" engineering
    I count myself as fortunate, having, over the last 20 years or so, "having" access to HFC

    10/10 content, 6/10 spelling. See me after class. ;)

      At least it has fewer mistakes than the NBN itself

    "Morrow says fast mobile broadband is eating into the market"

    Its almost like people want faster speeds...

      That and a service that actually works.

    I've been expecting 2 services to switch over - one at home and one at work. They've just been put back another 6 months at least from the originally promised date. Not sure whether I'm happy or sad about that, given all the talk about poor NBN speeds.

    On ADSL I currently get about 7Mbps and 15Mbps on my two connections. If I have to pay more on NBN just to get the same speeds, or have to pay the same as now and get worse speeds on NBN (and all the anecdotes seem to suggest there is a fair chance of both of those happening) you can rest assured that I will not be a happy puppy, and will make a big fuss about that.

    And yet, in the end, it will be to no avail, because I will have no choice but to accept whatever I get, or pay more, and likely, barely get what I'm paying for. There's something there that just feels thoroughly rotten.

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