Posted October 02, 2018 05:18:59 The world is going to be worse off without the world’s biggest and fastest superfast internet network, the ABC can reveal.
The National Broadband Network (NBN) has been designed with the promise of allowing people around the world to access the vast network of fibre-optic cables that will connect Australia to the rest of the world in the coming decades.
The project is estimated to cost $50 billion.
But as the Government is expected to approve the first of three new superfast copper lines, a network that could connect as early as 2019, a whole lot of infrastructure will need to be built to support the network.
“We know that the cost of that is going be quite substantial and that’s why we’ve been building up the capacity of our network so far,” NBN Co chief executive Bill Morrow said.
“There’s no question it will be significant in terms of the amount of time it will take to get it to everyone across the country.”
But if NBN Co does not have the infrastructure to meet demand, and if the network is unable to be developed at all, there will be a “significant disruption in the Australian economy”, according to a briefing note prepared for NBN Co’s chief executive, Glenn Hedden.
The document outlines how the network could fail in the event of a catastrophic power outage or blackouts.
The report notes that the Government will need more than just fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) and fixed wireless to ensure the network works properly.
“The [government] has committed to supporting the NBN rollout with an additional $150 million of funding for infrastructure to accommodate any potential network failures, particularly if those failures are due to a network outage, which could be a sudden power outage, a catastrophic failure or any other event,” the briefing note said.