The future is uncertain.
And it looks like we won’t be getting it for a while.
As we continue to watch the rollout of fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) in Australia, a number of things will need to be looked at to determine what happens to the existing broadband infrastructure.
As outlined in a recent study by the Australian Institute of Telecommunications, the current state of broadband infrastructure is far from ideal.
“There is not enough capacity to support a growing number of applications and services,” said the study.
The report points out that Australia’s average internet speed is currently 30 times slower than the US.
It notes that NBN Co’s own network will be able to support at least 500,000 people, but the report suggests that the rollout will be “too slow” for that number to be maintained.
The study also highlighted the challenges in managing and servicing the NBN’s network.
The study found that the infrastructure will not be able support a large number of internet users at any one time.
The research found that NBN’s fibre-optic network was not sufficiently fast enough to support large-scale applications, such as video and high-definition video.
The new infrastructure will be a “network of islands,” according to NBN Co CEO Mike Quigley.
While the report points to a number possible improvements in the future, the report does suggest that the NBN is going to need to “develop a more flexible and scalable approach to managing the network”.
One of those changes would be to “provide greater flexibility to manage network capacity”.
While this may be a good thing, it may also mean that NBN is looking to “simplify the implementation of NBN infrastructure, to enable it to be managed more efficiently and cost-effectively”.
The NBN is also planning to “relocate the existing network” in order to improve connectivity in areas such as urban areas, and “deliver a new fibre-coaxial (FTTN) network to the urban and remote areas” where it is “not feasible to build a new network”.