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Thursday, November 06, 2003


Australia, New Zealand: FTTH networks studied for Brisbane, Auckland

"Broadband would benefit economy by $A4 billion -- Report recommends a residential-user first approach"

"True broadband rollout is worth $A4 billion to a city the size of Auckland, and would only cost $A850 million to implement, says the Allen Consulting Group. Allen Group's report, 'True Broadband: Exploring the economic impacts', was commissioned by Swedish telco equipment manufacturer Ericsson. It assessed the Brisbane region, roughly equivalent to greater Auckland in terms of population and density."

"The network would have to be based on fibre to the home (FttH) given the capacity requirements and the report says economic value would be derived in part from having first-mover advantage. That is, if Brisbane and the Gold Coast were first to build such a network they would reap more rewards than if they were to follow the lead of another region."


($1.00 Aus = $0.71 U.S.)


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