The NBN Weighed and Measured:
A Project in Review
The NBN is the largest infrastructure project in Australia's history, and will have a huge effect on the lives of every Australia. But what has actually been delivered? and how does the project hold up on the international stage?
What Is the NBN?
The NBN stands for the National Broadband Network, an infrastructure Scheme that promised to deliver high speed internet to homes and businesses across Australia.
The Project was initially planned and commenced by the Labour government and constructed by NBN Co. However, the project has seen setbacks due to parliamentary disputes, changing governments and policies. This has led to technologies changing in the middle of development switching from a fibre to the premises (fftp) based system to a fibre to the node (fttn) system that may not achieve the same speeds as the initial project. The projects budget inflating yearly and a constantly changing completion date, has lead critics to wonder if the project has become a messy bloated money sink.
Brownfields refer to all premises that NBN Co. has deemed eligible for the complete, high-speed internet connection. By 2016 they were supposed to be 3,862,000 premises connected to the internet, but according to NBN CO's own weekly progress report, they have missed the mark by 32.36%, only having connected 2,612,348 by the end of 2016.
The Entirety of the Project was to be completed by June 2021, with every eligible house, business and building in Australia having access to high speed fibre networks. However, this date has been pushed back to 2024, a whole 3 years past the expected date. This leaves a huge rift between those who have access to a faster internet service, and those who don't, and puts people and businesses without NBN connection at a huge disadvantage. Also, with many areas not even scheduled for development yet, 2024 may just be another date that comes and goes without progress being made.
Satellite Premises refer to rural properties that can only receive internet via satellite or other wireless communication services. The NBN is Connecting these premises to a much higher speed that what was previously available. In this case the NBN is actually well beyond schedule, activating 51.05% more properties than their initial estimate of 145,000. Supplying reliable internet to a classically underserved section of the population, and increasing the liveability of rural Australia.
When the Liberal Party first took control of the Project, future Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull declared that the budget for the NBN project would max out at $29.5 Billion. However that budget has since exploded, right now sitting at an estimated $57 Billion. All coming from the tax payers.
The Full Package
By 2019 91% of properties eligible for the highest level data packages are supposed to be connected. However, according to NBN Co's 2016 Corporate plan, only 57% of the properties will be able to access the full speeds by this date. Leaving the remainder to wait even longer, or may not get it at all.
Since the beginning of the project it was always promised that Australia would receive Internet speeds of up to 100 megabits per second download speeds and 60 megabits per second upload, and as of now they are advertising these speeds to consumers. But is the speed you can expect when using the NBN? The reality is that no one knows as NBN Co refuses the release the numbers on what speeds users are getting or can be expected. However, with a great deal of NBN customers claiming not to be getting the high speeds that they are paying for, and Telstra offering refunds to many users for slow internet connections it can be believed that the promise of 100mb/s internet may just be a dream for most Australian's in the near future.
Strategic Review 2013
NBN Corperate Plan 2012-2015
NBN Weekly Progress Report 4/5/2017
Akamai State of the Internet Report q4 2013
Akamai State of the Internet Report q4 2014
Akamai State of the Internet Report q4 2015
Akamai State of the Internet Report q4 2016
Cisco Virtual Network Index Forecast
https://github.com/kottenator/jquery-circle-progress (circular progress bar)
http://bl.ocks.org/juan-cb/1afee8f2cae799e86707 (building animated Barchart)
NBN Weekly Progress Report 4/5/2017
https://codepen.io/anon/pen/LLWyWP (counting between numbers)