More than two years after announcing its NBN rollout, the NBN is finally on the road.
And what does the NBN look like?
It’s a huge network with lots of infrastructure built to meet its users’ needs, but it’s also a vast network of wires.
As the ABC’s Chris Bowen reported, the network is currently comprised of around 6,000 miles of cables and fibre optic cables, with each fibre wire serving a different customer’s needs.
There are currently 11,000 customers in the network, and the majority of them are in Australia, although the network has also been deployed in other countries around the world.
A major issue is the cost of deploying the network.
The cost of upgrading the network to meet the new customers’ needs has ballooned to $1.7 billion per year, according to the Federal Government.
For a small business, that’s a pretty hefty bill.
“The Government has announced a massive and potentially unprecedented funding commitment, in the $3 billion range,” Bowen reported.
According to the Government, the bulk of that will be spent on “pre-installation and operational costs”.
The rest will be paid for through the NBN’s cost-sharing agreements, which are supposed to help the Government pay for the network’s operating costs.
Despite this, Bowen reported that the Government has already begun to ramp up the network costs.