Rural Areas Face Costly Connection Fees to NBN’s Fibre-On-Demand Products

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shutterstock_53279047The National Broadband Network (NBN)’s mission is to make its infrastructure network available to all Australians by the year 2020. The rollout will be accomplished with a multi-technology approach that includes fibre, wireless and satellite. Fibre is the preferred option for densely populated urban areas whereas fixed wireless networks or satellite-based connections will be deployed in regional and rural areas.

NBN announced it would release a rollout plan before the end of this year; a plan that will detail what premises in Australia will be connected to the NBN by 2016 and by what type of connection. Currently more than 300,000 homes, businesses and farm properties are connected to the NBN.

Regional and rural businesses and consumers excluded from the rollout plan will need to pay a significant fee to be connected to the network. NBN will release two fibre-on-demand products on a wholesale basis in mid-2015. These products can presumably be offered to end-users by third party telecommunication suppliers. There will be a “bespoke” product suitable for businesses and homeowners and a “co-funding” product for councils, businesses and communities that are able to pool their resources.

These “on-demand” products will provide a solution for hundreds of regional townships that may otherwise not be connected to the NBN.

For more information, the website titled NBN Myths explains fibre options which include FTTN, FTTP, FTTC and FTTB. It offers an insight into current fibre-on-demand plans and argues the merits of FTTP vs. the disadvantages of FTTN.

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