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

Marghanita da Cruz marghanita at ramin.com.au
Thu Nov 25 12:57:19 AEDT 2010

Richard Chirgwin wrote:
> 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.

As I understand it the Backhaul is already competitive on 
some links,
where there is demand...so,  will the NBN in effect become a 

Page 20:
> 6.3   Uniform National Wholesale Pricing
> One of the objectives Government has set for NBN Co. is ?uniform national
> wholesale pricing.? This means that retail service providers (RSPs) will have to
> pay the same amount, irrespective of where they are based, to deliver their
> service to households and business throughout Australia.
> RSPs currently have to pay for two ?products? in order to reach households: (1)
> ?access? through a network ? currently primarily copper but in future fibre ?
> and (2) ?backhaul? to carry content from the RSP?s headquarters to a ?point of
> interconnect? (PoI) with the access network. NBN Co sees it as part of its
> mission to make the sum of these two costs low and uniform.

Marghanita da Cruz
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