So why does it cost $200 for the whole complex to use the copper network when the FTTH is going to to cost $5000 per home? Simple, no holes being drilled in walls, no gardens being dug up to lay fibre, no crawling around in roof spaces to install fibre, using the pre existing copper has no capital outlay. Now be sensible here, 810 residences were connected for $200 TOTAL parts and labour, who would sensibly advocate on spending $4,000,000+ for the same result? Only the ALP, but they wouldn't be doing it sensibly would they...
Your reading it wrong, it says "installing a VDSL2 internet service to an apartment
using copper cost about $200 - half for equipment and half in labour." So the total cost is $162,000 for the retrofit, funny it doesn't mention what the existing phone/internet service was. Plus if the customer is required to pay for the VDSL2 modem, that should be added to the cost as they are expensive items due to not being used much.
The other real issue is it is a relatively new apartment complex wired with cat5 cabling that already has easy fibre connection (you can add hundreds or millions to the cost if no fibre backhaul available).
A real cost comparison would be with an old apartment building, or an actual street that 95% of us live in. The huge
difference being the need to replace part or all of the existing copper, which is rated to around 24mb or less, 1gigabit rated cable much thicker and in many locations will not fit into pipes
. Yes that means drilling holes in walls, digging up gardens, and crawling around in roof spaces.
That is why, despite what Fabricator will try telling us, the NBN is not costed, because the government and NBN Co have no idea how to estimate the cost and difficulty of that labour, so they simply left it off the books.
Oh please are you seriously trying to tell us a government backed project that is actually under construction doesn't have a budget at all ? This isn't Area51, there is no secret budget or black helicopters involved.http://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Parliamentary_Departments/Parliamentary_Library/pubs/rp/BudgetReview201314/NBN
^ looks pretty official to me
Notice how the amount the government inject per year goes down from 2015-2016, this is due to NBN paying for it's own expansion directly.
And for the sake of completeness, here is the contracts awarded to wire up MDUs (appartments, units, businesses).http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/462179/nbn_co_connects_largest_high-rise_apartment_nbn/http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/456064/nbn_co_signs_third_mdu_contract/
Aaron just wants everyone to have a second rate communication network built by a second rate government, all in the vain hope he can pay a pathetically smaller amount of tax next year. Never mind it would be far more reliable, long lasting, cheaper to run and pay for itself.
There is no real upgrade path for FTTN to FTTH, as the cabinets and electronics can't be reused. Even the fibre itself has the issue it can't be cut over while it's still being used for existing services, so have to install more fibre as well. I short very little can be reused, made worse as most of the money is spend on those cabinets.
As the timeframe for FTTN to need replacement with FTTH is about the time it takes to finish installing all those cabinets (about 10 years) there is limited time to get a return on the $29 billion FTTN costs, is it even going to pay itself off ???
Seriously I hope they costed the price of the garbage dump to put all the FTTN cabinets, dead SLA batteries and VDSL2 modems in, their is going to be a lot of it to dispose of.
Only difference is the total cost to get to FTTH, under ALP its $37.4B, LNP its $29B + $37.4B.
It's a massive insult to flush $29 billion down the toilet on a technology that has a limited lifespan, when the superior hardware is available right now for a small additional cost (23%). Oh and if you pay us $5000 or some such sum we only have vague costs for, you can get the good stuff today, an admission that people might actually need FTTH enough to pay those sort of sums for it.
For all their harping on about NBN needing a cost benefit analysis, the Liberal party have not produced one for their own plan. It would fail I would suspect, but how hypocritical to demand something then fail to do it yourself. If you only need one reason to not vote for the Liberal party (or anyone giving them preferences) this is it, a monumental waste of government money.