NBN Australia chose Broadband World Forum as the stage to share the international release of its "Connecting Australia" report, a long-awaited look at the impact of the taxpayer-funded broadband network on the nation.
The impact: Positive, according to the keynote presentation of "Connecting Australia 2018" findings by JB Rousselot, chief network and operations officer at NBN.
"The Connecting Australia report found that Australia is expected to move from the bottom ten OECD countries in 2012 to the top ten OECD countries in terms of Internet access equality by 2021. That is a great base to start from and we look forward to reaching that destination," Rousselot said. Founded in 1961, OECD -- or the 35 countriesOrganization for Economic Co-operation and Development -- is a group of 35 countries including Australia, the US, Japan and most of Europe.
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Regardless of how operators connect subscribers to broadband, NBN's latest "Connecting Australia" report shows the financial, social and educational benefits access delivers, said JB Rousselot, chief Network & Operations officer at NBN, during a Broadband World Forum keynote today. (Photo: Niall Hunt)
Looking at census data from 24 million Australians, as well as from 10 million households across 2,000 regions, combined with a survey by Ipsos of 3,500 individuals, NBN "is closing the digital divide," Rousselot said, citing the report.
"The research shows that the rollout of the NBN network is helping to have a real impact on the lives of Australians and suggests that we are helping to deliver what we set out to do," he noted.
The findings show that NBN users are twice as likely to enroll in online education than non-NBN users. In NBN regions, business growth was 0.8% higher than non-NBN areas; in those regions, growth of self-employed women was 2.2% higher than comparable non-NBN areas, the report found.
Health and wellbeing also are affected, Rousselot explained. NBN users are 1.3 times as likely to have an Internet-connected device, such as a FitBit, 1.3 times more likely to own a smart device and 1.4 times more likely to socialize using the Internet (and many studies indicate the dangers of being alone, too long, and its damage to people's health).
Overall, Rousellot said he was pleased that the return on investment was bearing fruit. NBN's rollout added AUS$1.2 billion (US$850 million) to the economy and at least 2,900 jobs, he said.
"The even better news is that the benefits to Australians are expected to get larger as we connect more people," Rousselot concluded. The report predicts that by 2021 the broadband infrastructure deployment will have added AUS$10.4 billion (US$7.36 billion) to the economy and 31,000 jobs.
Disaggregration and standardization help optical network vendors advance their technologies while keeping costs in check – a big trend and topic of discussion during NGON & DCI World at the Acropolis in Nice.
Over the last six years, video demand has surged but NBN's investment in fiber, FTTC and DOCSIS 3.1 allowed the national Australian wholesaler to keep up with today's – and future – needs, CTO Ray Owen told a Broadband World Forum audience.
As Vice President of Global Healthcare at AT&T, Maria Lensing oversees the telecommunications operator's technology and professional services offerings across the spectrum of medical providers, from solo practitioners and walk-in clinics to giant hospital chains, medical-device vendors and consulting firms. Lensing also sees more interest from traditional service providers -- cable and telecom operators looking to expand or build relationships with their own medical communities, perhaps as an adjunct to smart-home successes or standalone.
Lensing, who took on this role almost a year ago in May 2018, oversees both the sales and technical teams responsible for developing growth initiatives for AT&T's Global Healthcare business -- including products, services and industry-specific solutions. She also very actively promotes business minority inclusion, education and female empowerment programs and has been recognized both within and outside AT&T. Some awards she's received include "Top 40 Under 40" and "Super Woman in Business" from the Memphis Business Journal.
Join Maria Lensing, VP of Global Healthcare at AT&T, on Tuesday, April 23 at 12:00 p.m. ET / 9:00 p.m. PT, when she's the guest on BBWN Radio, hosted by Broadband World News Editor Alison Diana. Register now!
So far, the agenda includes a discussion of technologies such as fiber and 5G; defining the needs and solutions for a widely diverse range of customers; partnering for success in a typically slow-moving, budget-constrained market; learning and dispersing best practices from other verticals and within other business groups; promoting diversity and female empowerment when so many say they're doing so but so little has changed; and what she hopes to accomplish in another year in this role.
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Tune in to Broadband World News Radio on February 14 at 11 a.m. ET / 8 a.m. PT / 4 p.m. UK when John Isch, Practice Director of the Network and Voice Center of Excellence at Orange Business Services, discusses use cases, ROI and misconceptions of software-defined wide-area networks, virtualization and cloud.
Just when you thought the answer to your next technology direction question was clear, the noise around multiple new technology options fills the Internet and airwaves. Multiple 5Gs are being deployed; there's CableLabs' 10G initiative; the ITU and IEEE are toiling around 50G PON – and we haven’t even talked about Wi-Fi6 yet! Is any of this real, do you have to pay attention or can you just let the dust settle and then decide?
Since waiting is often not the best option, let’s demystify technology options, their impact on your business, and how to prepare for whatever the future brings.
In this webinar, Service Providers will learn:
Current state of 5G and how it affects everyone, not only mobile network providers.
Latest technologies being developed and how they will benefit their networks and subscribers.
How to prepare their networks for the future – whatever it may hold.