The NBN – where to now?
By John Fleming (GM, ASIAL)
Since the change of Federal Government in September 2013 the National Broadband Network (NBN) debate has raged about which technologies the NBN Co will utilise to provide the infrastructure for Australia’s future. Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) was always going to be the best solution, but blowout in costs and the time frame for delivery has sent the new Government looking for alternative solutions.
NBN Co plans to upgrade the current telecommunications network in the most cost-efficient way using best–fit technologies and utilising existing infrastructure, however this review of alternative strategies could take another 12 months.
One technology touted to be utilised is the HFC network, which will bring Telstra back to the table for negotiations around access and cost. The new technologies will vary from place to place but will include Fibre to the Node (FTTN), Fibre to the Premises (FTTP), Fibre to the Basement (FTTB), fixed wireless and Satellite.
While all this is being played out at a high level the NBN as we know it (FTTP) is still rolling out across Australia. The first major milestone in the journey is the permanent disconnection of copper networks in 15 areas on the 23rd May 2014. When the NBN declares an area ready for service an 18 months copper disconnection notice is sent to end user premises. Telstra is then obligated to cease any sale of copper connections in that area, which drives customers to connect to the NBN.
In the areas where FTTP is being rolled out the NBN will replace most existing landline phones, ADSL internet and Telstra internet services. It will also replace Optus cable internet and cable phone services.
Typical legacy services that currently run over a phone line are;
- Personal alarms
- Security Alarms
- Fire Alarms
- EFTPOS Terminals
- Lift/Elevator phones
It is vital that as a security systems provider you have a plan in place to maintain your customers’ alarm system and provide continuity of service. Be prepared to answer NBN related questions from your customers and ensure that your staff are briefed on what to say.