This 2016 for NBN meant a slew of progress among its goals. The total goal of reaching 8 Million premises by 2020 stands at 3 Million premises currently active and connected. All of the NBN’s formats were in equal billing as far as achievements and development as well, including Multi Technology Mix NBN, Fixed Wireless NBN, and Satellite NBN.
There is also a much wider coverage reach today, with emphasis on rural, regional and remote locations. These NBN developments have all given way to key indicators such as distance education and rural e-commerce in these regions.
More coverage in rural, regional and remote locations
Tasmania, NSW, Western Australia are just some of the key places with new NBN facilities and services now available. Today, major cities are no longer holding the monopoly on NBN. Although mostly not using fixed wireless formats, Fixed wireless and Satellite NBN has made it possible for the same level, speed, quality, and performance to be available at these distant locations.
Initial campaigns carried out in these areas included The Road Muster project, a Satellite NBN hooked up truck that serves as a hotspot and a demo machine for NBN’s wireless capabilities. There were also campaigns for Rural NBN and offerings for Fixed wireless carried out for the first time in these areas.
As the key areas are covered with the ongoing roll out process, we will see more fixed line as well as fixed wireless and satellite NBN services being made available. This in turn has helped with the advancement and opportunities in business and daily life or communities in these regions as well.
NBN helps start and develop rural business and online communities
The agricultural and small business groups from the rural and regional areas are the first and the most to benefit from rural NBN. Most of those who adapted these newer developments with wireless and Satellite NBN have advanced their farms and cottage industries with advanced farm equipment, and to open markets outside their region, including the major cities.
The BIRRR or Better Internet for Rural Regional and Remote Australia (https://BIRRRAUS.com) is the prime mover right now for the rural development of NBN. This is one of the main examples of online community with emphasis on better services for daily life and distance education, with businesses and market opportunities second.
Today, we are seeing rural businesses go online and expand their markets beyond their own region, and into major cities. This has given equal opportunities and equal NBN performance and quality across the country. We are also building more online communities and participation, enabling these areas the same opportunities, and showcasing more business and trading from these new regional markets and producers.
E-Commerce and Distance Education are key developments
Two main industries that are set to further develop into key functions for regional NBN are e-commerce and distance education. The market share and many opportunities to arise from rural NBN activity are also key additions to other economic growth aside from the usual major regions and cities. E-commerce opens the specific region to new markets and brings outsider revenue through many online means. Distance education helps with completing education at home without the need to go to out of the region. It also makes all educational material available to all NBN covered locations.
Upgrading copper components and the future of Mixed Technology NBN
G.Fast and XG.Fast are newer copper technologies aimed at improving the connection using shorter copper loops. By preliminary trials in October of this year, we have achieved copper loop speeds of up to 8GBps using 30 metres of twisted copper wiring. It was an evolution of VDSL or Very high bit Digital Subscriber Line, and was adapted to further elevate the optimisation of copper elements in Multi Technology Mix NBN.
This is planned for inclusion in the ongoing development of a newer Mixed Technology NBN format, FTTdp or Fibre to the Distribution Point, also known as Fibre to the Curb, which brings the fibre connection as close as possible to the premises, right at the curb. This will give better speeds and shortr distances of the fibre optics to the copper within the premises, a much more suitable environment for short copper loops carrying XG.Fast technology.
Sky Muster II
The Sky Muster’s launch last October of this year is another milestone for NBN Co. and Satellite NBN / wireless NBN in general. There is improved wider satellite coverage, with wider availability of the NBN in this format, for many rural, regional and remote locations. With now twice the satellite transmission power this has not only given more NBN availability to these regions, but also marks better telecommunications services with performance, speed, and quality. Together with increasing fixed wireless services and facilities in these same regions, we are providing equal NBN access and performance using these other NBN formats.
Fibre to the Curb / Multi Technology Mix NBN
Fibre to the Curb is a new format within the Multi Technology Mix format, aside from the pure Fibre to the Premises or FTTP and to the Node formats commonly offered by ISP’s. By bringing the connection as close as possible to the curb, we are keeping distances shorter and easier to connect to pre-existing copper components and HFC or Hybrid Fibre Coaxial connections. This will also make it possible to adapt future copper innovations such as the aforementioned XG.Fast technology, which makes use of optimised short copper loops with twisted copper wire to deliver much faster NBN over these hybrid connections.