National Broadband Network names cable broadband trial sites

If you live in Redcliffe, Merrimac, Slacks Creek or Emu Plains, you're in luck

By Richard Chirgwin

Posted in Policy, 12th March 2015 05:48 GMT

Three Queensland and one NSW locales will find out whether NBN Co's promise of downloads at 100 Mbps over hybrid fibre-coax (HFC) survives peak-hour traffic, after the company responsible for building Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) announced trial sites of the delivery medium.

In Queensland, Merrimac, Slacks Creek and Redcliffe will trial NBN HFC broadband, along with the Western Sydney town of Emu Plains.

NBN Co says “The goal of the trials is to test construction processes to physically connect homes passed by the networks where a connection currently doesn’t exist as well as improving network capacity and broadband speeds consumers may receive.”

The construction trials include adding lead-ins to premises that don't have them, including adding node capacity where premises are passed but can't currently connect.

The trial will also be an important test for vendor Arris, which in February won a AU$400 million deal to supply HFC equipment for the rollout. That kit will be DOCSIS 3.1-upgradeable, but NBN Co is opting for a DOCSIS 3.0 rollout for now.

NBN Co's CTO Dennis Steiger said “The aim of this construction trial is to deliver valuable insights into how to deploy that upgraded HFC network at scale.”

Commercial services are expected in 2016.

Comment: Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull reckons government should be run like the NBN, which in the context of the HFC rollout might mean you can have a little bit of government now, and a real government next year if everything doesn't collapse in a heap.

Alternatively, he may have meant that like the NBN, the incoming government should blame its predecessor for everything, and purge the board.

Or perhaps it just means it's okay to arrive in government, refactor the financial reporting and claim that one's predecessors were lying about the costs.

Or maybe it just means appear in high-visibility vests wherever possible.

Offhand, it looks to Vulture South like the Australian government is run exactly like the NBN. ®

Sign up to our NewsletterGet IT in your inbox daily

2 Comments

More from The Register

Google wants to gobble up Nokia's airborne broadband biz – reports

Potential deal said to be at an 'advanced stage'

Mythical broadband speeds to plummet in crackdown on ISP ads

If I hear 'up to' one more time...

Brexit to better bumpkin broadband, 4G coverage for farmers – Gove

Better mobile coverage in Kenya than parts of Kent

UK.gov to plough £67m into gigabit broadband for all and sundry

Handouts from March but you're on your own for line rental fees

EE Business Broadband digital transformation: Portal offline until July

You guys OK with paper print-outs for the next eight months?

UK watchdog Ofcom tells broadband firms: '30 days to sort your speeds'

Or customers can... walk to a new provider without penalty

Up to 25% of new builds still can't get superfast broadband – study

I don't care about running water, where are my internets?

EE unveils shoebox-sized router to boost Brit bumpkin broadband

Speeds of 100Mbps to reach rural areas – for a fee

New York lobs $210m at telcos to hook up 120k homes, businesses with bumpkin broadband

Funny story – Verizon didn't care until they were told other ISPs might do it

Virgin Media's Brit biz broadband goes TITSUP: Total Inability To Support Upset People

Service knackered for several hours today