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NBN's Technology Choice program proving lucrative

Ry Crozier, writing for iTnews:

Chief financial officer Stephen Rue said that while the primary driver of revenue was “growth of premises activated”, he also said that licensing fees and the company’s Technology Choice program was also proving lucrative as a growing revenue stream.

Jessica Longbottom from the ABC has a company representative quoting has a contradictory quote from an NBN representative:

"The Tech Choice program is operated entirely on a cost recovery basis by NBN Co, it is not designed to operate at a profit," the company representative said.

Technology Choice Program quotes are exorbitantly expensive resulting in fewer customers going ahead with the order. This ultimately results in less FTTP take-up which the government/NBN can use to show that no one wants fibre.

NBN Fixed Wireless Bundle Pricing

NBN's Fixed Wireless network has been in the news a lot this week.

Ry Crozier, writing for iTnews:

NBN Co will grant existing fixed wireless users on its 50Mbps tier a reprieve by offering them the same $45 a month wholesale deal as fixed line users were given last year - but new users will pay $20 a month more for the privilege.

Only, as Ry Crozier writing for iTnews reports, to have it reversed less than 24 hours later:

NBN Co has embarassingly canned a plan to charge new sign-ups to fixed wireless $20 extra per month for a new bundled service after the government intervened.

Stephen Rue's opening statement to the Joint Standing Committee, which was recorded, clearly stated that this was policy that was going in on the 20th August 2018.

Meanwhile NBN have decided that they can rewrite history and amended their blog post on the opening statement to hide what was really said.

But it doesn't end there as, in the near-future, NBN are looking to radically alter how the Fixed Wireless network is sold/marketed. Ry Crozier again:

NBN Co is planning a major re-tuning of its fixed wireless network, cutting back on the uplink in order to push maximum possible downlink speeds out to 75Mbps.

To me this feels like the government throwing in the towel admitting that there's no point selling specific speed tiers which end-users are unable to achieve. You'll now get a service that, during a power failure with one one else using it, might achieve 75Mbps down and 10Mbps up. The minimum, and more so the real speed you can expect, would be 6Mbps during peak periods.

So much for a network that was meant to provide 25Mbps to all Australians no matter their location.

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