Deutsche Telekom argues original fibre-to-home NBN too ambitious

Monday, 13 November 2017, 06:48:38 AM. Labor's original all-fibre rollout for the National Broadband Network was too ambitious and costly, according to a senior executive from Deutsche Telekom.
Photo: The National Broadband Network is facing widespread criticism over slow internet speeds. (Supplied: NBN Co) Labor's original all-fibre rollout for the National Broadband Network was too ambitious and costly, making mixed technology using copper a pragmatic move for the Government, according to a top executive from Germany's Deutsche Telekom. Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, chief technology officer at Deutsche Telekom, said Australia's plans for the NBN were closely observed, then rejected, when Germany began a similar fibre-to-the-home rollout in 2012. "We looked at Australia's NBN and thought, wow, great idea, 95 per cent fibre to the customer. However, it's very ambitious and so, for that reason, we thought it best to have a variety of technologies to use," Mr Jacobfeuerborn told the ABC. "We tried to do the same and we found out, well, this will not work for Germany. "We found out immediately going to the household was physically a challenge because with 41 million households (in Germany) you have to go underground and you have to dig. There is no way to do that in just a few years." Mr Jacobfeuerborn, who is visiting Sydney for a global broadband futures conference partly funded by NBN, said Deutsche Telekom was absorbing Australia's lessons from the NBN by following a similar multi-technology mix including copper wire from the old Telstra network. The cautious comments from the German telecommunications giant come amid a growing controversy about the viability of...Read more
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