opinion/analysis by Renai LeMay
12 November 2013
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NBN Co’s Strategic Review process gives the company an unmissable opportunity to re-evaluate the early decision to deploy its FTTP network primarily through Telstra’s underground ducts. The company and its new Coalition masters must now seriously consider deploying more fibre aerially on power poles in an effort to speed up its rollout substantially.
Right now, opinion is divided in Australia’s technology sector as to whether the Strategic Review process which NBN Co is currently undertaking is a serious initiative which will thoughtfully re-examine the project with a view to resolving its many problems, or whether it is merely destined to create the polite fiction that the Coalition Government is open to considering alternatives to its preferred Fibre to the Node rollout strategy.
If you believe the latter — and there is certainly significant reason to do so, given the nature of the appointments which Malcolm Turnbull has made to support the initiative, as well as the Communications Minister’s ongoing statements favouring a FTTN rollout — then the entire Strategic Review process is not worth engaging with at all. It’s nothing more than a sideshow, played out to placate the public while Turnbull and his colleagues make the real decisions behind the scenes.
But if you believe the former, then NBN Co’s Strategic Review represents a real opportunity for the company to start thinking outside the box for the first time in its existence.