NBN, the government-owned company responsible for Australia's broadband infrastructure, met its own revised estimates for rollout and deployment in fiscal 2019 and the most recent quarter -- an infrequent victory, despite a track record of moving the goal post.
For the three months ended June 27, NBN connected 1.1 million-plus premises, the company said. For its fiscal year, the network passed 9.93 million buildings; its forecast was 9.7 million. NBN saw 5.52 million households or small- and mid-sized businesses activate over the last 12 months, slightly up from its predicted 5.5 million. (NBN's fiscal year ended June 30, but it released this connection data earlier than its financials, which will come out on August 15.)
Since its founding in 2010, NBN frequently has changed its deployment forecasts -- and never upward. In 2011, NBN revised its original target of 223,000 premises passed to 183,000. For fiscal year 2013, it almost halved the forecast from -- 1.22 million to 661,000 premises passed. In 2017 the company celebrated a milestone when it deployed infrastructure past 5.7 million premises and 2.2 million active connections; however, its plan now calls for it to reach 11.2 million premises instead of an earlier expectation of 11.9 million buildings. In 2011, NBN aimed to pass 13 million premises.
The price, however, has increased. Rollout will cost about A$52 billion ($36.8 million) compared to the A$29.5 billion ($20.8 million) originally estimated in 2013. And NBN is nowhere near its once-projected revenue of about $5.4 billion annually, initially predicted for 2020. Now it looks as though network deployment could run through 2022 and investments will continue into the billions.
On Jan. 23, Broadband World News hosts a Calix-sponsored webinar that explores several ways CSPs can enhance customer experience and find new business opportunities to avoid devolving into a speed race where nobody wins, not even the customer.
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It wasn't long ago that TV was ranked by subscribers as the most important service in the bundle provided by their communications service provider (CSP). Recent research indicates that for nearly three quarters of subscribers, broadband is now the most important service. Broadcast TV is the most important service to only 15% of North American consumers, replaced by OTT video streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+. In addition, many different competitors are moving aggressively to stake a claim in consumers' homes.
In 2020, CSPs need to fight back by transforming their business models, which are becoming more reliant on a single source of revenue: fixed broadband services.
This webinar will focus on helping CSPs transform their business models by placing a firm focus on delivering a sensational subscriber experience and by offering compelling new services that generate value for subscribers. These actions will reinforce the CSP's strategic position in the home network and position themselves for growth in the next decade.
Key topics include:
Being the first to market with WiFi 6 technology, in response to consumer purchases of new devices over the holidays;
Having the insights needed to proactively resolve issues, often before your subscribers even know that there are issues;
Providing help desk agents with the visibility they need to resolve common subscriber issues more quickly;
Delivering a mobile app, in response to consumer demands for the ability to do some things themselves, rather than having to call technical support; and
Addressing consumer concerns around device security, privacy and control with enhanced security and parental controls.
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