Feeds

NBN Co trials migration incentives

$AU108 to encourage customer adoption

Mobile application security vulnerability report

Last week, NBN Co – the company building Australia’s National Broadband Network – announced trials of a $AU108 migration incentive for retailers.

The payment is made to retail service providers in selected NBN-ready areas to encourage them to move customers off their own infrastructure (such as ADSL) to the NBN fibre.

Described as a "bounty" by The Australian, NBN Co confirmed to The Register that the migration incentives were recommended in 2010 by the government’s $AU25 million implementation study for the network.

In fact, that study recommended a migration payment which, at around $AU300, is far higher than the incentive NBN Co is now trialling.

NBN Co spokesperson Andrew Sholl told The Register in an e-mail that the $AU108 incentive is “one of a number of standard promotional activities” the organisation is testing. The aim, he said, is to identify what types of promotions work best, so while this offer is open to all retailers, it is currently restricted to “a handful of FSAMs [El Reg: Fibre Service Access Modules – a geographical unit of NBN end-user services.]”

The incentive is aimed not at end users – since NBN Co has no direct relationship with the consumer or business – but at the retailers. As a result, he told The Register, the impact the incentive has on end user pricing will depend on individual retailers.

Speaking to Communications Day, iiNet CTO said the migration offer is “no different” to other wholesaler incentives offered over the years, and said that by encouraging the shift, NBN Co was ensuring that its revenue from an end user starts as soon as possible.

The incentives come as NBN Co announced that it has now connected more than 34,500 premises out of nearly 340,000 premises passed. Satellite services to the most remote premises still dominate the connections at more than 23,000, but there are now more than 10,000 fibre users connected to the network.

Mike Quigley, CEO of NBN Co, said the connection rate is now entering a rapid ramp-up, and committed the company to adding more construction resources to meet its 2012-13 target of more than 661,000 premises passed by June 2013. ®

Mobile application security vulnerability report

More from The Register

next story
UK government officially adopts Open Document Format
Microsoft insurgency fails, earns snarky remark from UK digital services head
UK.gov's Open Source switch WON'T get rid of Microsoft, y'know
What do you mean, we've ditched Redmond in favour of IBM?!
Major problems beset UK ISP filth filters: But it's OK, nobody uses them
It's almost as though pr0n was actually rather popular
US Social Security 'wasted $300 million on an IT BOONDOGGLE'
Scrutiny committee bods probe derailed database project
HP, Microsoft prove it again: Big Business doesn't create jobs
SMEs get lip service - what they need is dinner at the Club
ITC: Seagate and LSI can infringe Realtek patents because Realtek isn't in the US
Land of the (get off scot) free, when it's a foreign owner
Arrr: Freetard-bothering Digital Economy Act tied up, thrown in the hold
Ministry of Fun confirms: Yes, we're busy doing nothing
Australia floats website blocks and ISP liability to stop copyright thieves
Big Content could get the right to order ISPs to stop traffic
Help yourself to anyone's photos FOR FREE, suggests UK.gov
Copyright law reforms will keep m'learned friends busy
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.