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Experts said this technology would be outdated five to 10 years after the initial rollout and would need massive upgrades.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