Researchers at the University of NSW say the original model of Fibre-To-The-Premise NBN would have given the Government higher "social returns" than the current Fibre-to-the-Node model.
FTTP would be better 'Social Return on Investment'
Case Study: NBN
- higher wages - due to an increase in IT skills - being re-invested in the economy
- tele-medicine - video-conferencing - resulting in a 50% reduction in patient transfer assistance programs
- delivering social connection and reducing depression in aged care facilities
- education - delivering higher test results
The calculations assume FTTN is capable of more limited social benefits because it “is expected to be slower and impact bandwidth, and we assume that the medical, social, and skill building benefits Australians expect to enjoy are correlated to their connection speed.”
Social Return Accounting provides a method of quantifying the benefits of government investments and expenditures by using rigorous, modern social scientific techniques. It provides a bridge from social science to social benefits.
Professor Holden told iTnews that the monetary value of the extra six percent in social IRR would have offset the extra costs in rolling out FTTP.
“Those IRR numbers take into account the additional cost [of FTTP over FTTN],” he said.
“They fully factor in an extra $40-odd billion of cost for the faster version. You need the benefits to be big to offset that, and in this instance it seems that they do.”Read the Full Report Here