A Snapshot of Australia's Digital Future to 2050
I have a vested interest in this as I am employed by NBN Co (Australia's UFB). IBM Australia commissioned the report so I have some faith in their credentials and findings.
There are some pretty interesting figures and predictions. While it may not all translate accross the Tasman, there will certainly be some parallels with regard to the industry breakdowns.
Statements like: "For every ten percentage point increase in broadband penetration, GDP increases by 1% and doubling an economy’s broadband speed increases GDP by 0.3%"
I like the concept of broadband being considered a utility, just like electricity and water, certainly the NBN is structured as such. NBN Co provide an Ethernet pipe between RSPs (Retail Service Providers) and the end user. The RSPs bill the customer (end user) and pay NBN Co for the use of the pipe. I'm not sure how the UFB is structured, hopefully on a similar basis.
Check out the report, the Executive Summary certainly wetted my appetite. Interesting reading, I may even use it in this symester's uni paper - Information Systems, Organisations and E-Commerce.
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