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Welcome to Vertical Hold: Behind The Tech News, where podcast hosts @adam_turner and @alexkidman speak to Australia's leading technology journalists every Friday to get the stories behind the tech news of the week.

Mar 16, 2017

It's time to play Australia's least favourite broadband game, as the NBN twists and turns from speed woes to Optus' forced HFC tactics. Meanwhile, headphones are exploding, but does that mean we should stop flying altogether? We're joined by Australian IT Editor Supratim Adhikari for our NBN special!

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Tony
over three months ago

The issue is that you simply CANNOT get the same speed you can out of copper that you can get out of fibre, so fibre is the endgame and the only question is whether it is worth even considering an interim use of copper. In order to do that, you need to consider social and economic factors. How you judge the economic question is to run a TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) over 50 years (the probable minimum life of fibre). You need to include the annual cost of maintaining the copper until it is replaced (around $600m per year), the cost of the actual replacement allowing for inflation, the annual loss to GDP (studies show fibre adds more to GDP), the electricity costs for FTTN and FTTdp and other factors. The social costs are the fact that some people will not have the same opportunities for tele-medicine, education, lifestyle changes through working from home etc