April 28, 2015

Broadband for the Bush Alliance Network meeting 23 April 2015

At the first network meeting for 2015 Matthew Lobb and Mark Gregory presented on significant areas for interest to remote stakeholders (more…).  Matthew discussed the Universal Service Obligation past and how it could look.  Mark Gregory looked at the NBN its technologies and the key policy issues

Yesterdays HeroMatthew Lobb, General Manager, Industry Strategy and Public Policy, Vodafone Australia

Vodafone knows that effective competition delivers the best results for consumers and the Australian economy. Amongst the many benefits brought by effective competition are lower prices, increased quality, more choice and innovation. Unfortunately, much of regional Australia is currently denied these benefits.
In many instances government policy has not kept pace with changes in technology and is creating roadblocks to competitive investment in regional Australia. One such policy is the Universal Service Obligation (USO). With the NBN, we have the unique opportunity to provide equitable access for voice and broadband services using a mix of technologies in order to close the digital divide. The USO, as it currently stands, is out of step with this vision and it is time to reshape the USO policy for the 21st century.

National Broadband NetworkMark Gregory, FIEAust, RMIT University

The National Broadband Network (NBN) is a nation building project that will underpin Australia’s telecommunications and broadband services for the next thirty years. It will provide many opportunities for national growth both socially and for participation in the global digital economy.
Mark’s presentation will provide details of the technologies being used to build the NBN targeted the Bush and discuss the opportunities for new technologies and engineering advances to enhance the NBN over time whilst reducing the rollout duration and cost. There are many challenges when embarking on a project of the magnitude of the NBN and the presentation will also cover some of the more pressing issues, including technology selection, construction and integrating legacy technologies and systems into a next generation network.

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