According to last month's release from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, there are now 3.1million broadband subscribers in Australia. In the past 15 months, the number of households and businesses subscribing to broadband services has almost doubled.
Despite this spike in demand, the level of availability and connection speeds for the majority of Australians remains poor. Increasing broadband connectivity is widely accepted to be a major enabler of economic growth, and it is estimated that increasing the availability of high-speed broadband could add as much as $12-$30 billion to national production every year.
It is therefore essential that Australia formulates a sustainable development plan for the deployment and implementation of a high-speed broadband network. In this context, The Australian Financial Review will be hosting its inaugural Broadband Australia Conference in Sydney on Thursday 30th November and Friday 1st December. This major national event will feature key addresses from the 13 of the top ISP’s in Australia, the chairman of the ACCC Graeme Samuel, and the Shadow Minister for Communications and Information Technology Senator Stephen Conroy.
The conference will bring together key industry groups, Federal and State Government representatives, network equipment manufacturers, and the operators that will be at the heart of creating Australia’s broadband network of the future.
The Australian Financial Review Broadband Australia Conference will address the urgent topics and issues including:
*Optimal network build-out strategies
*The future structure of the regulatory environment
*Alternative approaches for rural and metropolitan connectivity
*The role of alternative technologies for broadband delivery
*Service offering evaluation for revenue generation from the future broadband network