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Australia’s nbn exposé first true test for G.fast cost savings

Broadband technology G.fast is about to be put through its paces by nbn (National Broadband Network) in Australia – the government broadband initiative which has been plagued with bad press since it was first announced in 2007. nbn’s troubles have been well documented, but this week saw the unveiling of the true extent of its financial calamity – which is why the importance of this move to G.fast cannot be overstated. At an Adtran event in Berlin this week, nbn’s Executive Manager of Corporate Media, Tony Brown, rolled out a refreshingly honest reel of costs associated with the mammoth fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network deployment scheme. The bill has amounted to $49 billion Australian dollars (US$37.8 billion) – spiraling wildly out of…

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