US FTTH model could cut NBN costs, risk: Internode

More of NBN budget could be dedicated to engineering and project management

Much of the risk and associated cost with the roll out of the federal government’s proposed $43 billion national broadband network (NBN) could be averted through modeling its roll out on AT&T’s US U-Verse fibre to the home network, a senior ISP network engineer has said.

Mark Newton, a industry commentator, and network engineer at ISP Internode, said AT&T’s U-Verse network was designed from the ground up to be installed by unskilled, and therefore more cost-effective laborers.

“The way [AT&T] did it was to get the manufacturers of the fibre optic cables to have a look at CAD (computer aided design) drawings of each neighbourhood they were rolling fibre out into,” he said. “They then pre-manufactured the cable with all the branches it needed to reach all the houses straight out of the factory.

“That means you don’t need to do any field work to install it other than haul it through the ducts. So most of the physical work can be done by anyone who is able to haul cable.”

In this way, more of the NBN budget could be dedicated to the engineering and project management skills required to properly design, capacity plan and manage the network roll out, Newton said.

“You can imagine that if they rolled out a national network that didn’t get capacity planning right, then we would be stuck with congestion for ever. So, a lot of effort will need to go into it to get those kind of details right,” he said.

David Cannon, program manager, telecommunications at market researchers IDC, said access to skilled labour for the roll out of the NBN would not be an issue.

“It is not a hugely complex thing in the terms of the technical nous to do it - it’s more about the man power to do the labour part of it that is more the issue,” he said.

Despite this, Cannon said there was a good chance the federal government could fill the 25,000 plus roles required to roll out the NBN.

“Without a doubt there will be more than 25,000 people who will put their hands up to have guaranteed work for the next eight years.” he said.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags internodefibrenational broadband networkbroadbandNBN

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Tim Lohman

Computerworld
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?