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There has been much debate as to which version of the National Broadband Network is the better and the following is a summary of a clear and concise report into the key differences between the 2 plans .

Labor’s plan is called  Fiber to the Premises or FTTP and the Coalitions plan Fibre to the Node or FTTN . FTTP means optical fibre cable will be rolled out to most australia premises the coalitions plan means they will use the exisiting copper network but rollout optical fibre cable to the node ( this may or not mean existing telephone exchanges). There are well known  problems using the existing copper when you go above 5 kilometers and additionally many suburbs have RIMM’s or multiplexers which knockout ADSL2. The copper network also has a higher maintenance cost than optical due to it’s age.

The differences in the 2 plans can be best explained in the differences in speed and cost in the Table below.

Labor

Coalition

Network Technology

wired

Fibre to the premises

71% fibre to node

22% fibre to house

Download Speed

Wired

1GBPS

50mbps in 90% of homes

Upload Speed

Wired

400MBps

10MBps

Completion

2021

2019

Cost

$44 billion

$29 billion

Obosolesence

2050

2020

Power Consumption

70megawatts

140megawatts

Upgrade Potential

10 MegaBits p/s/

Fibre to the Premises

Upgrade Cost

$100 – $200 per Household

$2,000 – $5,000 per household

The coalition plan allows for fibre to the premises at cost to the consumer (1k-5K) cost should you wish it. Remote locations will be covered by a combination of wireless technologies and satellites.

There are many of you who will doubt the need for the speed increases and their associated cost but what we will see in the coming years is a move to Cloud Computing which I shall talk about in my next blog. A fast NBN will afford significant  benefits to this new model.

This article was originally published at The Conversation. Read the original article

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