NBN focused on upgrading network

The National Broadband Network has hit the halfway mark.

THE company building the National Broadband Network has hit the halfway mark and says planning is under way for future upgrades to the network.

At the end of the June, 5.7 million premises were able to access the network, about 300,000 premises ahead of schedule. And attention has turned to improving the performance of the network which has been plagued with issues.

It’s expected about 30 to 40 per cent of the completed rollout will use fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) technology to service end-users, which runs fibre to boxes on street corners and then relies on the existing copper wires to make the final connection to the home.

Detractors of the technology such as Executive Director of Internet Australia, Laurie Patton, have argued the technology will need to be ripped up and replaced in the next decade.

Mr Patton — called a troll by NBN boss Bill Morrow during senate estimates — has been unrelenting in his assertion that not rolli…

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