Tuesday, October 25th, 2011 by Simon Hackett
On 11th October 2011, I spoke at the CommsDay Melbourne Congress event about some of the competition related challenges that exist around the NBN.
These challenges focus in practice on actions that the ACCC should, in my view, be taking in order to safeguard and augment the Long Term Interests of End Users.
The presentation runs for about 21 minutes. (more…)
Tuesday, August 30th, 2011 by Simon Hackett
In August 2011, NBNCo released a public document (http://www.nbnco.com.au/assets/documents/multicast-product-prcing-overview-aug-11.pdf) providing further details about the technical and pricing constructs of their intended IP Multicast service offering over the NBN.
Internode has provided feedback regarding this document to NBNCo.
The NBNCo document is public, and our submission in response is also public.
In our response, we have provided some proposals to change the NBN multicast offering in ways that we believe would improve the outcome for all concerned.
The rationale for those proposed changes is also provided in our submission.
You can download our submission here:
We hope that our views on this topic are of interest and that they may potentially be of use in improving the outcomes regarding this important aspect of the NBN service suite.
Thursday, July 21st, 2011 by Simon Hackett
The National Broadband Network (NBN) is the subject of promises from the government that consumers will pay comparable prices to current day ADSL2+ and phone service bundles in order to access entry level NBN based services, and that NBN based retail pricing will be nationally uniform.
Unfortunately, a number of pressure points in the wholesale pricing model exist which will make these promises (from the government) untenable in practice, unless serious issues with the underlying pricing model are addressed by NBNCo and the ACCC.
This post elaborates on some of the relevant issues that serve to place upward pressure on NBN based retail pricing in general and even more pressure upon retail pricing in regional areas in particular.