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Australia unveils 24 bn Euro Broadband Plan

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Australia unveils 24 bn Euro Broadband Plan


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The Australian government will establish a new company that will invest AUS $43 bn to build and operate a National Broadband Network (NBN).
The company will implement an ambitious fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) plan to connect 90% of all Australian homes, schools and workplaces with speeds of up to 100 Mbit/s.  The remaing 10% of homes (in remote, rural areas) will be hooked up with next-generation wireless and satellite technology providing speeds of up to 12 Mbit/s. 
The government will be the majority stakeholder in the new company, although "significant private sector investment" is anticipated.  There will be restrictions on network ownership in line with the government's plans to deliver a wholesale open-access network - one where where service providers can compete on equal terms.
The government, which expects the project to support up to 25,000 local jobs each year on average over the eight year life of the project, described the initiative as "a historic nation-building investment focused on Australia's long-term national interest".


Compare this with the current UK Government visions for deployment of "high speed" Broadband?
(Precis of an article in the May / June issue of FibreSystems Europe)

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Re: Australia unveils 24 bn Euro Broadband Plan

2005:-  I Was working 250 miles North West of Alice Springs on a remote bird reserve
http://www.birdsaustralia.com.au/the-organisation/newhaven.html,
had 2GB broadband delivered by Sat-link at the cost of around $20 per month
In 6 months we had one period of 'down' time, the engineer was with us the next day.
Today (4 years further on) I'm 20 miles from Manchester and sometimes max at 512k.
Fraid the UK has 'missed the technology boat'
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Re: Australia unveils 24 bn Euro Broadband Plan

Well the French were well ahead of us with Minitel - and even now much of our telecom equipment such as DSL is French from Alchatel.