The National Broadband Network asserts it has a path to improve the Fibre to the Node (FTTN) connection to 1Gbps in time to come. However this is hotly disputed by Internet Australia, that says instead that the FTTN connections will have to be replaced in just 10-15 years. This is what the gov is paying $50billion for. A lemon.
Internet Australia recommends Labor and the gov compromise on a Fibre to the Distribution Point (FTTdp) as a connection that will allow upgrades in the future without the need of replacing the lot.
Last week, a Brisbane based nbn spokesperson tweeted that “we have an upgrade path to take FTTN to 1gb downloads”.
Consequently, this prompted Internet Australia to seek details from nbn, which it said has not been provided despite several requests.
“Mr Morrow’s evidence to the Senate last night directly contradicts his own PR people,” Patton added.
“If they did have an upgrade path why would he tell the Senate that people wanting faster speeds will have to pay to get different technology capable of delivering what they want?”
In addition, Internet Australia has called on the government and the opposition to "unite and support" a bipartisan NBN policy based on FTTdp.
“Our internationally respected technical experts assure me there is no such thing as an upgrade path for FTTN and it will need to be replaced within 10 to 15 years, if not sooner," Patton added. ARN