NBN a double-standard for new home buyers

 

Renewed calls for NBN Co to jump into new housing estates.

NBN Co should directly fund and rollout fibre networks in new housing estates, according to Optus and the Housing Industry Association.

The call echoed concerns raised by iTnews last month over whether NBN Co would be an option available to housing developers to meet the mandate for fibre in their estates from July.

Housing Industry Association (HIA) chief Graham Wolfe said the association did not support what he called "two levels of service" - where most homes would receive Commonwealth-funded broadband infrastructure but new home buyers would be forced to pay for it themselves.

"HIA does not consider that the Government has put forward any argument as to why new homes constructed should be subjected to a different process for installation of future telecommunications services to that which currently exists," Wolfe said in a senate submission [PDF].

That was a reference to Telstra's previous offer of free copper in estates - since retracted by Telstra.

HIA said that real estate developers should continue to be offered free infrastructure -- only that this time, NBN Co should pay.

"The decision to remove new developments from the national broadband network rollout was announced without any consultation with the residential development industry," Wolfe said.

"Since the announcement, discussions with the Government have been limited to issues around facilitating the rollout, with no meaningful debate being allowed in respect to this equity and affordability issues that will arise."

Optus [PDF] was even more critical of NBN Co's apparent lack of involvement in greenfield fibre rollouts.

The carrier said the wording of greenfield legislation appeared to imply "that customers in new housing developments may well be served by non-NBN Co fibre infrastructure."

That raised questions on how the fibre deployed in new developments would be integrated into existing core networks, whether services will be comparable to and compatible with those offered over the NBN, and what third party access arrangements would apply to non-NBN Co fibre deployments.

iTnews has previously reported that an ACCC declaration was possible to regulate wholesale pricing, but this was not set in stone.

Optus believed the solution to these issues was for NBN Co to take a bigger role in new housing estates.

"NBN Co could be required to deploy fibre into all new developments from 1 July 2010," Optus said.

"If NBN Co will not be at a stage of readiness to commence greenfields fibre deployment by July, then serious consideration should be given to adjusting the start date."

Optus' concerns appeared to be grounded on the propensity for Telstra to be enlisted by developers to deploy fibre into new housing estates covered by the Federal Government's greenfields mandate.

Telstra fibre estates - known as Smart Communities - were not ‘open access' and only offered residents Telstra retail services.

Optus believed NBN Co should set all design specifications for greenfields fibre deployments and that it should be mandated that the networks can only be deployed "by a wholesale only service provider", effectively excluding Telstra from the options available to developers.

These should be minimum requirements "if the Government is unwilling to commit NBN Co to either deploying or taking future ownership of all greenfield fibre deployments."

The carrier also believed that "any new greenfield fibre deployment should be done on the basis that it will be acquired at a future date by NBN Co at a pre-agreed price".

iTnews has previously reported confusion over what role NBN Co might play in greenfields estates. The Government said it was awaiting advice from NBN Co on what it could do in that respect; NBN Co said it was awaiting regulatory clarity from the Government.


NBN a double-standard for new home buyers
 
 
 
Top Stories
Frugality as a service: the Amazon story
Behind the scenes, Amazon Web Services is one lean machine.
 
Negotiating with the cloud email megavendors
[Blog post] Lessons from Woolworths’ mammoth migration.
 
Qld govt to move up to 149k staff onto Office 365
Australia's largest deployment, outside of the universities.
 
 
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...

Latest VideosSee all videos »

The great data centre opportunity on Australia's doorstep
The great data centre opportunity on Australia's doorstep
Scott Noteboom, CEO of LitBit speaking at The Australian Data Centre Strategy Summit 2014 in the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. http://bit.ly/1qpxVfV Scott Noteboom is a data centre engineer who led builds for Apple and Yahoo in the earliest days of the cloud, and who now eyes Asia as the next big opportunity. Read more: http://www.itnews.com.au/News/372482,how-do-we-serve-three-billion-new-internet-users.aspx#ixzz2yNLmMG5C
Interview: Karl Maftoum, CIO, ACMA
Interview: Karl Maftoum, CIO, ACMA
To COTS or not to COTS? iTnews asks Karl Maftoum, CIO of the ACMA, at the CIO Strategy Summit.
Susan Sly: What is the Role of the CIO?
Susan Sly: What is the Role of the CIO?
AEMO chief information officer Susan Sly calls for more collaboration among Australia's technology leaders at the CIO Strategy Summit.
Meet the 2014 Finance CIO of the Year
Meet the 2014 Finance CIO of the Year
Credit Union Australia's David Gee awarded Finance CIO of the Year at the iTnews Benchmark Awards.
Meet the 2014 Retail CIO of the Year
Meet the 2014 Retail CIO of the Year
Damon Rees named Retail CIO of the Year at the iTnews Benchmark Awards for his work at Woolworths.
Robyn Elliott named the 2014 Utilities CIO of the Year
Robyn Elliott named the 2014 Utilities CIO of the Year
Acting Foxtel CIO David Marks accepts an iTnews Benchmark Award on behalf of Robyn Elliott.
Meet the 2014 Industrial CIO of the Year
Meet the 2014 Industrial CIO of the Year
Sanjay Mehta named Industrial CIO of the Year at the iTnews Benchmark Awards for his work at ConocoPhillips.
Meet the 2014 Healthcare CIO of the Year
Meet the 2014 Healthcare CIO of the Year
Greg Wells named Healthcare CIO of the Year at the iTnews Benchmark Awards for his work at NSW Health.
Meet the 2014 Education CIO of the Year
Meet the 2014 Education CIO of the Year
William Confalonieri named Healthcare CIO of the Year at the iTnews Benchmark Awards for his work at Deakin University.
Meet the 2014 Government CIO of the Year
Meet the 2014 Government CIO of the Year
David Johnson named Government CIO of the Year at the iTnews Benchmark Awards for his work at the Queensland Police Service.
Q and A: Coalition Broadband Policy
Q and A: Coalition Broadband Policy
Malcolm Turnbull and Tony Abbott discuss the Coalition's broadband policy with the press.
AFP scalps hacker 'leader' inside Australia's IT ranks.
AFP scalps hacker 'leader' inside Australia's IT ranks.
The Australian Federal Police have arrested a Sydney-based IT security professional for hacking a government website.
NBN Petition Delivered To Turnbull's Office
NBN Petition Delivered To Turnbull's Office
UTS CIO: IT teams of the future
UTS CIO: IT teams of the future
UTS CIO Chrissy Burns talks data.
New UTS Building: the IT within
New UTS Building: the IT within
The IT behind tomorrow's universities.
iTnews' NBN Panel
iTnews' NBN Panel
Is your enterprise NBN-ready?
Introducing iTnews Labs
Introducing iTnews Labs
See a timelapse of the iTnews labs being unboxed, set up and switched on! iTnews will produce independent testing of the latest enterprise software to hit the market after installing a purpose-built test lab in Sydney. Watch the installation of two DL380p servers, two HP StoreVirtual 4330 storage arrays and two HP ProCurve 2920 switches.
The True Cost of BYOD
The True Cost of BYOD
iTnews' Brett Winterford gives attendees of the first 'Touch Tomorrow' event in Brisbane a brief look at his research into enterprise mobility. What are the use cases and how can they be quantified? What price should you expect to pay for securing mobile access to corporate applications? What's coming around the corner?
Ghost clouds
Ghost clouds
ACMA chair Chris Chapman says there is uncertainty over whether certain classes of cloud service providers are caught by regulations.
Was the Snowden leak inevitable?
Was the Snowden leak inevitable?
Privacy experts David Vaile (UNSW Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre) and Craig Scroggie (CEO, NextDC) claim they were not surprised by the Snowden leaks about the NSA's PRISM program.
Latest Comments
Polls
Which bank is most likely to suffer an RBS-style meltdown?





   |   View results
ANZ
  21%
 
Bankwest
  9%
 
CommBank
  11%
 
National Australia Bank
  17%
 
Suncorp
  24%
 
Westpac
  19%
TOTAL VOTES: 1461

Vote