To build the new National Broadband Network in a cost effective way that is future scalable will be a significant design challenge. Details on how all this is going to be done are short but it is obvious that getting the network architecture right, putting in an appropriate regulatory framework and also managing the roll-out in a pure construction sense will be absolutely critical — put simply, good designs will mean billions saved over poor ones.
I’m on the road at the moment and so haven’t not had much time to consider this but, for the moment, I am going to post readings as they become relevant for those interested in priming themselves up to understand these issues.
The first reading is from Slater and Wu, whose paper I referred to in my November 2008, AFR piece. Their ‘homes with tails’ idea is to have an open backbone network but to give customers the opportunity to build and own the connection from the street to their home. I have had similar proposals before.