Up­grades al­ready on NBN sched­ule

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - LANAI SCARR

PLAN­NING is al­ready un­der­way on fu­ture up­grades to the NBN, even be­fore the fi­nal roll­out of the ser­vice is com­plete.

NBN Co’s chief net­work en­gi­neer­ing of­fi­cer Peter Ryan said the com­pany had al­ready be­gun plan­ning up­grades to the ser­vice af­ter its 2020 com­ple­tion date, aware that the ser­vice will not be able to meet the needs of all Aus­tralians into the fu­ture.

It was es­ti­mated 25- 40 per cent of NBN con­nec­tions by 2020 would be fi­bre- to- then­ode ( FTTN) tech­nol­ogy – which had been plagued by dropouts and poor speeds.

Ex­perts said this tech­nol­ogy would be out­dated five to 10 years af­ter the ini­tial roll­out and would need mas­sive up­grades.

“We are con­tem­plat­ing right now as we roll out the net­work the abil­ity to up­grade the net­work not only to meet the needs of Aus­tralians to­day but to fu­ture- proof the needs of Aus­tralians into decades ahead,” Mr Ryan said.

“We know that the tech­nol­ogy that we are de­ploy­ing is ab­so­lutely up­grade­able to meet needs of Aus­tralians for the next few decades.”

Mr Ryan said NBN Co would be de­ploy­ing a mar­ket­ing blitz in com­ing months to ease Aus­tralians’ con­cerns.

“I do ac­cept that there has been some prob­lems more re­cently,” Mr Ryan said.

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