Quote frome the article
"But Rudd said the government would instead form a company, in partnership with the private sector, that would build a more advanced fibre-to-the-home network offering speeds of up to 100 megabits per second.
He said 90 percent of Australian homes and businesses would be able to receive the new faster connection, with the rest of the country receiving a connection at 12 megabits per second."
Looks like we are already there.
From Corning website
Corning's Tip-to-Tip Solution Chosen for Australian FTTH Network
First FTTH deployment by a cable TV operator and the first deployment of Corning® Evolant™ Solutions and NexCor™ fiber in Australia
CORNING, N.Y. and PERTH, AUSTRALIA, March 01, 2005 – Corning Incorporated
(NYSE:GLW) and Broadcast Engineering Services (BES) announced today that Corning will be the exclusive passive equipment supplier for BES' first fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) deployment. BES will deploy Corning's Evolant™ Solution for Access Networks with NexCor™ optical fiber.
BES, an established network owner and service provider in Western Australia, has signed agreements with real estate developers to install greenfield FTTH networks throughout this region. Currently, three developments – Somerly, Brighton and Vale are slated for deployment, with a total of 2,000 homes to be passed by early 2006.
For the first deployment to the residents of Somerly, BES will deploy Corning's Evolant Advantage products. Each home in the Somerly deployment will be able to receive voice, data and video services including video on demand from a single platform capable of delivering these services at 100 Mb/s per home, or 100 times faster than current DSL or cable modem service.
Through its Evolant Solutions for Access Networks, Corning Cable Systems offers specialized portfolios of innovative products and services that enable customers to cost-effectively deploy fiber in the last mile. The Evolant Advantage Solution was designed to increase the ease of installation and speed of adding subscribers from the local convergence point to the customer premises.
"We chose Corning's FTTH solution because it allows us to design a network that is high performing and cost-effective, reducing both our installation and operating costs," said Mr Geoff Albridge, chief technical officer, BES. "NexCor fiber's optimization for FTTH allows us to flexibly address the evolving transmission requirements of our passive optical network. And because this solution is from Corning, we know the quality and customer service will be first rate."
This is also the first deployment of NexCor fiber, an SMF-28e® innovation, in Australia. Corning has engineered NexCor fiber, the only single-mode fiber specified for all PON transmission wavelengths, to provide optimized FTTH performance while maintaining complete backward compatibility with Corning SMF-28e fiber, the world's most widely deployed brand of fiber. The result is the only fully ITU-T G.652.D-compliant fiber that enables twice the optical launch power compared with other fibers in its class, and that has superior bending attributes for handleability in the field and optimized performance to enable lower-cost transmitters.
"We are delighted to support BES, which has taken such a leadership role in FTTH in Australia," said Rainer Dittrich, managing director, Corning Cable Systems Australia, the local unit of Corning Incorporated. "Corning has always believed in tying innovation to customer value. We are very pleased that the Evolant Solutions portfolio and NexCor fiber are providing real, tangible benefit to our valued customer."
Do you have any info on the current roll=out? It may make sense to continue to use GLW product based on a 2005 installation, but with the Aussie govt. involved ... well, will politics favor a winner over other factors? With the govt. heavily involved there is absolutely no room for excellence frequently.
Obviously you're a cheerleader for Corning but don't know much at all about optical fiber. Every major optical fiber manufacturer has a version of bend-resistant fiber, most have several flavors. For years many manufacturers have been controlling the optical bend resistance of fibers using various methods and ClearCurve is no more than a variant on this theme, although they do use holes in the cladding to couple light more tightly into the core. Papers have been published, however, questioning the wisdom of these nanostructures, which can be studied as flaws in a brittle ceramic, in a fiber intended to be bent tightly.
Corning is an innovative company and does indeed frequently drive the industry but they're not the only ones who do so, and they don't own the global fiber market as you ignorantly claim.
I doubt Corning would claim to be the "worldwide market leader" in optical fiber if it were not true. Legal liabilities and such.
Also, they are the ONLY fiber producer with Clearcurve. Why would anyone want to pay huge labor costs when they can use Clearcurve?
Corning owns the fiber market skippy!