NBN takes up Open Networking Foundation membership


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The company responsible for deploying Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN) has gained membership of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF), which the company said will give it “global insights” to move away from proprietary platforms.

“By investigating open-source software and building on the work already done by the ONF, we can aim to drive programmable network architectures through disaggregation of control,” NBN chief technology officer Ray Owen said.

“This will help to enable us to achieve a faster time to market with our wholesale products and deeper systems integration with retail service providers.”

The ONF said NBN will benefit from its access and edge projects, and pointed to its SEBA project that has software controllers within Kubernetes containers on compute nodes.

“Currently supporting XGS-PON and G-PON, our community would like to see SEBA expanded to support additional flavours of PON, DSL, DOCSIS and more,” ONF’s marketing and ecosystem vice president Timon Sloane said.

“This work has the potential to help vastly transform and optimise NBN Co’s access network using next generation open source elements.”

The member list of the ONF includes AT&T, China Unicom, Comcast, Dell, T-Mobile, Google, Infosys, Intel, Juniper Networks, NTT, and Samsung.

In September, NBN completed the upgrade of its transit network to 19.2Tbps after partnering with Germany-based SDN provider Coriant.

NBN’s transit network — which allows NBN to connect its fibre access nodes to the 121 points of interconnect where network traffic is passed to retailers, and sends data back to NBN’s two data centres — stretches over 60,000 kilometres long and was originally built using Coriant’s hiT 7300 Packet Optical Transport Platform.

The company has given itself a deadline of September to get its fixed wireless congestion issues sorted and have less than 1 percent of its fixed wireless towers affected.

Congestion is defined by the company as having a 30-day average busy hour throughput of under 6Mbps.

Responding to Senate Estimates Questions on Notice, NBN said at the end of October it had 416 cells below the congestion threshold, a reduction on the 465 counted on July 1.

“There is not only a dedicated program of work in place to ensure the cells that are currently below the engineering threshold are upgraded as a priority, but also a proactive upgrade program to ensure that cells don’t drop below the engineering threshold,” NBN wrote.

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A New Star Trek Novel Will Explore What the Enterprise Was Up to in Discovery's First Season

Captain Pike beams aboard the Discovery in the show’s sophomore season.
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The rapidly approaching second season of Discovery will re-introduce us to the U.S.S. Enterprise, before Jim Kirk ever sat in its Captain’s chair and boldly took it on its five year mission. But later this year, a new novel will show us what the ship was actually up to at the height of the Klingon War that broke out in Discovery season one.

Star Trek and Star Wars novelist John Jackson Miller confirmed on Twitter late last night that he will write The Enterprise War, the next Discovery novel set for release on July 30. As the name suggests, the novel will follow the crew of the starship Enterprise—featuring Captain Pike, Spock, and Number One, as they appear in Discovery’s sophomore season—as they wrangle with the breakout of war between the Federation and the Klingon Empire.


It would be fascinating to see how the nightmare of the war took its toll on Spock, Pike, and the crew—especially as Anson Mount, who plays Pike in Discovery’s second season, has noted that the idealistic Captain’s firm belief in the ideals of Starfleet makes him an interesting foil to the jaded, war-damaged assholery of season one’s Captain Lorca. But don’t get too excited to see Pike’s Enterprise go into battle with the Klingon’s finest. A

Interstellar war’s like a bus, apparently. You spend ages waiting for one, and then two come along at once!

It’s understandable to keep the Enterprise out of the moral murkiness of Discovery’s first season—you get to avoid any of that grime staining the squeaky-clean embodiment of Trek’s pioneering, idealistic spirit. But it’s still a bit of a bummer to not have a man like Pike really be challenged by the moral dilemma of the Federation at war through the excuse of “well, see, there was this other war between other people and they got caught up in that for a year!” We’ll have to wait until The Enterprise War releases this July to find out more.

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