Category Archives: Digital Technology

Digital is huge. There are posts generated from Federal Gov't activities and the NBN, there are posts on local businesses doing things with digital technology, there are posts generated from what is happening O/S in the digital field.

nbn - what business needs to know

You are invited to hear from nbn General Manager Business Segment Luke Robertson about the nbn™ network rollout,

  • What opportunities and benefits the nbn™ will provide to business and what business needs to know before making the switch.

There will also be an opportunity for Q&A and networking.

  • Venue The RISE, 28 Eighth Avenue, Maylands
  • Date Wednesday 19 April 2017
  • Time 12pm – 1.30pm
  • RSVP JaneMcNamara-at-nbnco-dot-com-dot-au
  • Closing Weds 12 April 2017

Places are limited and RSVPs are essential

NBN underway

So what jobs will the future bring?On the 20th December the Town of Bassendean received a construction and activity notice to advise that the telecommunications network infrastructure forming part of the National Broadband (NBN) will commence 30th December 2016.

This will be first apparent in the Eden Hill area and I’ve had a call already this morning (9 Jan) confirming that indeed the crew are on site and getting the job done!!!

NBN have outlined the following anticipated impact to the verge adjacent to residential properties caused by the works and the proposed remediation works that will be undertaken:


  • Limited disturbance to ground surfaces such as footpaths, grass road verge and sandy soils.
  • Slight disruption to pedestrian and vehicular traffic flows due to small crews working to install the telecommunications infrastructure.
  • Minor noise and dust generation.
  • Short term restriction to property access.


  • Construction to be confined to footways and established telecommunication alignments.
  • Contractors will follow all applicable industry standards in the installation of its facilities.
  • Care and appropriate precautions taken at all times to ensure public safety.
  • Reinstatement of all road surfaces and pathways to a condition that is similar to its condition before the activity began.

NBN Update

NBN Aug 16

Ken Cardy, A/Director Asset Services and Andreea-Mihaela Balica, Engineering Technician on the streets of Eden Hill with the first Node Pack checking potential locations for NBN Nodes

Many residents and business owners have recently asked how the roll out is going.

The short answer is, the roll out is on schedule and will commence in the last quarter of this year and should be complete by the middle of next year.

NBN met with the Town on Wednesday 17 August and the Town received the first of the Node Packs.  The Node Packs show the preferred locations across the Town for the distribution cabinets (or nodes) and the engineers of the Town take these packs and make sure no other services or proposed plans will affect them.  Once this is complete, residences near the cabinets are contacted to let them know there may be NBN infrastructure going up near them.

And then, in and around October you will begin to see the work teams turning up with massive rolls of yellow cable and feeding it into the conduits under the streets of Eden Hill, Ashfield and Bassendean.

It’s not premature to start getting excited!  I’m sure many of you will have lots of questions. Feel free to post them here and share with all local businesses and residents. Or take a look at the NBN site here which is full of FAQ’s and can answer most questions.

Previous posts about the NBN can be found here


NBN Field Crew hit Bassendean

NBN Node

The NBN is finally being being rolled out in Bassendean. If you are really observant you may notice a witches hat in the road verges like this one spotted on West Road  last week.

These will be the future location of the nodes for the optic fibre.  They will become cabinets from which the surrounding properties will be connected to the NBN. Each cabinet can connect up to 200 properties so we will have dozens of these dotted all over town.

If you would like to know more about the NBN you can follow the links HERE to all our previous updates on BMB or contact us directly by leaving your comments below.

nbn excitement

nbn 101There is growing excitement here about the arrival of the nbn.

The new Community Affairs Manager, Rachel McIntyre has been active in communicating with all the local governments who will be connected to the optic fibre in the next three years in their recently published three year plan.

Bassendean of course is in line to receive it in 2016, or at least the installation will commence next year.

We are now receiving their quarterly newsletter which maintains this sense of anticipation and excitement.

If you are interested in receiving regular updates you can subscribe to nbn directly here.

Fibre To The Node in 2016

FTTNI am of course talking about NBN.  Although widely covered in the press already, it is worth distilling down the latest information from NBN to clarify what we can expect in our region.

I provided an update in August of the shift in the technology offering from NBN for Bassendean.  NBN has now confirmed in their 3 year roll out plan that they will commence installation for all of Bassendean and most of the City of Swan in the last quarter of 2016.

Fibre To The Node (FTTN) means optic fibre will be provided to a electric box servicing around a 200 households or business.  Each household or business will then receive the final link to the broadband network via existing copper wires. If those copper wires are found to be below standard then they’ll be replaced – by new copper wires (not optic fibre). However, it is generally believed that the copper wires here are in reasonable condition.

FTTN is not just cheaper to install but much quicker.  Meaning that the work which is due to commence late next year should be completed in six months, or early to middle of 2017.

Now, if you in the mood to visit the official site here’s the link

Forum for Digital Know How

Swan engaging the digitalApologies for the late notice, but a free forum is happening on Monday evening (17 August) and I recommend it.  It is worth the effort.

Kicking off at 4pm and closing at 6pm, three speakers will share their knowledge, thoughts and ideas on Digital technology for business. Find the pdf program here.

It will be held at Nascafe, Mulgal Rd, Malaga and is funded by the City of Swan.  The Mayor will open the event. The speakers are Jim Wyatt presenting the big picture and trends happening across diverse industries in digital; Peter Gurney from NBN explaining when and how business can boost their efficiences and innovation with access to the NBN.  And finally, Chris Morton, CEO of Logic Networks, will present how Logic have grown their business by riding the digital tidal wave.

Register you intention to attend on the web site here

NBN "Progress Report"

NBN 2015Many of you are wondering whatever happened to the roll out to the optic fibre here in Bassendean, otherwise known as the National Broadband Network.  Unfortunately, the short answer is “not much”

Performing a quick check on their roll out map resulted in the image on the right here, stating the rollout has not started in Bassendean.

At a presentation in June I was informed Bassendean was “still being designed”. They stated the roll out will commence in 18 months and be completed in 24 months.

As has been widely reported in the press there has been a complete overhaul at NBN.  The key executives have been replaced and the whole programme has been revised. The result for business is that we will be offered a “Multi Tech Mix”.

A “Multi Tech Mix” means, instead of previously promising “fixed line to the premises” to all customers, the NBN will be delivered in three options depending on which is easiest and least complicated. The three options are: “fibre to the node”, “fixed wireless”, and “fibre to the premises”.  For the majority of Bassendean it will most probably be “fibre to the node”.  A “Node” refers to a cabinet which looks like an electrical box.  It is about waist high and will be tucked away on the side of the street and each one will serve approximately 200 premises. The guaranteed speed is 25 mbs (minimum). The current average is 6-7mbs, so this is a four fold improvement.  Additionally, “fibre to the node” is much quicker to install, (just six months to complete the whole area) and accordingly, much more affordable.

An independent website “MyNBN” offers more detail of the full project for Bassendean.

If you have any questions I’ll be happy to try and answer them or forward them on to NBN for answers.


Digital Disruption V's Digital Readiness

Digital Printing-arAs the Digital Revolution rumbles on it is becoming patently clear that no section of our community will miss out! There is uncertainty and worry in lots of different industries and others still believe it won’t impact on them. A razor sharp video from Deloittes here pin points what the Disruption will look like and where it will occur (Hint: right across our community and economy).

The Australian Smart Communities Association holds a bi-monthly Online Seminar and on Wednesday, 24 June its dwells on the positives and opportunities that Digital Disruption holds.

In the first part of the seminar, using both Australian and international examples attendees will learn about two entrepreneurs who turned a simple idea into a very profitable business. In the second part of the seminar attendees will learn how 3D printing can be used in a variety of ways and benefit a variety of industries.

This is a great opportunity to learn a little more about what is available to use now and what is just over the horizon. It is the time to bring digital activities into your business and turn the disruption into positives.

For more information go to their web site here.

Cost is $40 and it commences at 8.50am and goes through to 11.00am (10.50 – 1.00pm AEST).

For a high cost economy like Australia, the advent of the digital economy is the best thing that could have happened.  3D technology is just one advancement to emerge in the last few years, there are many more and there will be many more in the future. Start your education at this forum and catch a flavour of the opportunities that lie ahead.

NBN Rollout in Bassendean

NBN logoNBN Co today issued its quarterly update to the national rollout plan. An additional 79,000 homes and businesses in Western Australia are being added to the rollout of the National Broadband Network.
New areas that have been added to the rollout include all of Bassendean, including Eden Hill and Ashfield, parts of Hilton and Kingsley.Additional locations have also been identified in the regions.

The quarterly construction plan provides an indicative schedule that includes work already underway or in plan to commence before quarter end September 2016 and covers more than 368,000 Western Australian homes and businesses in total.
The expansion of the rollout is achieved through the company’s new, flexible multi-technology approach.  According to thier media release, this means that for most households and businesses:

  • If already served by the Optus or Telstra Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) cable networks ¡V these areas will likely receive fast broadband over an upgraded HFC network;
  • If in an area where NBN fibre to the premises (FTTP) has been deployed or is in advanced stages of being built – these areas will likely remain part of the FTTP rollout;
  • If in areas earmarked for NBN fixed wireless or satellite networks – these areas will remain part of the fixed wireless and satellite rollout plan;
  • If in other areas – these areas are likely to receive fibre to the node deployment (FTTN) and, in the case of multi-dwelling units such as apartment blocks, fibre to the basement (FTTB).

The Town has had direct conversation with Peter burney NBN Community Affairs Manager and he’s offered to provide greater detail on the specifics which relate to Bassendean.  We intend to take him up on this in the next couple of weeks.