[LINK] Transcript of Mike Quigley, CEO NBN Co, Address Today
tom.worthington at tomw.net.au
Wed Aug 18 15:59:50 EST 2010
NBN Co chief executive, Mike Quigley gave the 2010 Charles Todd Memorial
This was organised by the Australian Computer Society months ago, but
became very topical with the election this Saturday and both parties
having broadband central to their election policies.
ARN have provided a full transcript of Mr. Quigley's address. See: "2010
Charles Todd Memorial Oration by NBN Co chief executive, Mike Quigley,
Full transcript of the address to the Australian Computer Society", ARN
Staff (ARN), 18 August, 2010 14:22
"... I plan to use this speech to outline:
1. Why it’s better to invest $27 billion rather than spend $6 billion
2. Creating a monopoly helps competition
3. Why a ubiquitous broadband network isn’t just equitable, it’s
essential for the delivery of social, economic and productivity benefits
4. Why wireless can’t, on its own, serve all our long term broadband
needs but a combination of wireless and fibre can.
... Some have claimed that the FTTP network would end up not being used
because of the growing capability of mobile networks. ...
So the question is, is it a good use of public financing to build the
NBN Co is planning for the provision of Uniform National Pricing. That
is pricing which is distance and technology independent. We are
currently working with Government on the practical application of
Uniform National Pricing which is critical for lowering the barriers to
entry for Retail Service Providers and delivering effective national
retail competition. ...
Unlike these projects, the NBN is a scalable network. It is composed of
integrated pieces which work together but which also work in their own
right. There are four major components:
* the satellite solution for 3% of premises which will provide
much improved broadband for more than 200k premises;
* the fixed wireless solution which will serve 4% of premises;
* the FTTP solution that serves 93% of premises; and,
* the transit backhaul network which connects the three access
technologies to the common Points of Interconnect.
The satellite and fixed wireless solutions are badly needed to
dramatically improve the services that can be provided to rural and
remote communities. ...
Remember this is a highly repeatable build of very similar modules
as we rollout across the country. The scope for applying continuous
improvement methodologies to drive down costs is huge. ...
So there are two questions:
1. What is it that all these Telcos know about wireless that
eludes some in Australia?
2. Why is it that you can’t buy anything close to a 50 GByte per
month plan on a mobile network?
... It is now time to say a few words about the benefits to
Australia of a ubiquitous and standardised broadband platform.
Recent studies have noted the substantial annual benefits that flow
from broadband in terms of GDP (xi). One such study of a fibre access
network estimated a US$160 billion economic benefit over 4 years (xii).
This same study estimated an annual increase in jobs of more than
It’s proper therefore that this nation-building proposal be
subjected to the tough questions and to a very rigorous public debate.
I’m sure that was the case when the Overland Telegraph and the Copper
Access Network were proposed.
They would have had their doubters and skeptics and I’m sure
Charles Todd had to – from time to time - defend the Overland Telegraph.
However like all debates, this one is best conducted with the benefit of
a few facts.
And that is what I have sought to do today - place on the record
the facts which are driving NBN Co to the positions we are taking. I’m
sure Charles Todd would approve.
Tom Worthington FACS CP HLM, TomW Communications Pty Ltd. t: 0419496150
PO Box 13, Belconnen ACT 2617, Australia http://www.tomw.net.au
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, School of Computer Science, The
Australian National University http://cs.anu.edu.au/courses/COMP7310/
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