[LINK] NBN Summary of Business Case was Re: NBN Co to build wireless network from late 2011

Richard Chirgwin rchirgwin at ozemail.com.au
Thu Nov 25 11:50:23 AEDT 2010

On 25/11/10 11:29 AM, Marghanita da Cruz wrote:
> Richard Chirgwin wrote:
> <snip>
>> b. Backhaul is not more valuable than laying the local fibre.
>> c. Telstra will not be NBN Co's only supplier of backhaul services.
>> This needs to be accurately understood; I practically chew at the 
>> scenery when I hear another TV news story saying "NBN Co is buying 
>> Telstra's network".
> <snip>
> What does "backhaul fibre" on page 28 mean?
>> The reuse of suitable Telstra infrastructure, including pits, ducts, 
>> conduits,
>> backhaul fibre and space in Telstra exchanges, by NBN Co as it starts 
>> to rollout
>> its new network - avoiding unnecessary infrastructure duplication.
> Marghanita
To revert to very old terminology, "trunk". Eg: once you have connected 
the homes in Tamworth, you don't want them to be stranded on a purely 
local network. The "backhaul" provides the long-distance connection.

It was decided very early that NBN Co would *not* build backhaul - this 
would compete with Telstra, Optus, AAPT, NextGen and others that own and 
operate backhaul. So NBN Co will rent  backhaul from existing owners.


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