Tagged: fibre to the home

FTTH Cost Benefit Analysis? - Light My Fibre

John Nixon Aug 17, 2010

In both New Zealand and Australia there have been many calls for the publishing of an accurate cost/benefit analysis to justify the taxpayer investment in the UFB and NBN networks. If you read the New Zealand Herald, you may have seen an excellent article by Chris Barton a couple of days ago. Chris’ comments are equally applicable to both countries’ … Read More

Australia and New Zealand Cooperation – the ICN - Light My Fibre

John Nixon Aug 11, 2010

I met today with Dr David Anderson, National Sector Manager, National Broadband Network at ICN or the Industry Capability Network from Australia, and his Kiwi colleague, Robert Murdoch, Manager, Australian ICN Relationships. The meeting was hosted by NZTE (New Zealand Trade and Enterprise), with my good friend John Houlker present. ICN is a free service funded by the Australian Government … Read More

NBN – To Be or Not to Be // UFB -Steady as she goes - Light My Fibre

John Nixon Aug 10, 2010

As we approach the Australian federal elections, the future of NBN (National Broadband Network) is on the chopping block. I follow passionately the current debate, because the outcome, whichever way it goes, will have major repercussions for Australia’s economy. I have written about this project several times in the past, and am a firm believer in the long-term benefits of … Read More

Why do we need a National Broadband Network? - Light My Fibre

John Nixon Jul 31, 2010

A week or so ago I was having a quiet drink with several pilot buddies at the Southport Flying Club on the Gold Coast. One of my very long-term acquaintances (a retired heavy jet-jockey) asked me how my fibre-optics occupations were progressing. ’Fine’ I said, and tried to talk of some of my recent experiences. I was cut short, as … Read More

China and Free Internet Speech - Light My Fibre

John Nixon Jan 24, 2010

I try to avoid politics here. We live in our own countries and we deserve (dit-on) the government we elect. But when we discuss the Internet and Next Generation Networks, we also need to discuss what goes over those networks around the world. One interesting article about the current Google versus China debate can be found … Read More

FTTH Excitement in Auckland - Light My Fibre

John Nixon Nov 21, 2009

Following the extremely successful FTTH Asia-Pacific Council annual conference in Melbourne last May, the Council opted to hold their General Meeting here in Auckland last week. Some 40 members from all over the region attended, for some their first visit to New Zealand. After a busy first day’s business, the group was hosted by … Read More

New Zealand Broadband Infrastructure Deployment - Light My Fibre

John Nixon Oct 18, 2009

On Friday I attended here in Auckland the New Zealand Govenment’s latest workshop on this country’s National Broadband Network. I was frankly very positively surprised by the presentations. The NZ program differs substantially from that of Australia. The initial thust is to encourage, possibly help fund, the deployment of dark fibre around, to and between the main population centres of … Read More