That Abbott\Turnbull and co bastardised it up so much and it is going to be inferior to what it could of been if it had been left alone to be what was originally planned. It is going to be no better than what we have now in some parts of the country. Those that are getting FTTP\H will have the best. Those only getting FTTN will have no better than what they do now (and which is the ones you hear about in the news saying their speeds are crap).
I'm not sure what technologies you're referring to in use in other corners of the world so cant comment on that. But I will say that Fibre is currently the best option and easiest to upgrade over time. Why? Because all that has to be replaced for upgrading was a little repeater box that sits along the cable pushing the light through. This box is what controls the speed and as technology gets better so do these and thus changing them increases the speed we get. So along comes a guy, opens a pit door, pulls one box out, puts the other one in and hey presto upgraded. Those on copper have to have the whole line ripped up and replaced for an upgrade.
I re read my post and I did not express the thoughts very clearly. What you had said, is what I meant. Fibre Optic was/is the only option we should have been looking at. Not the mishmash that we are getting now. The technology overseas I was referring to was also a tad misleading in term as I was meant to be talking about places like Sth Korea, Japan, Singapore that are using a G5 network whereby we are trumpeting the emergence of G4. I'll blame the red for my ramblings..
Sth Korea are supposedly already moving toward G6. Admittedly the high density of population helps these countries to achieve faster speeds as well. The other thing is that FTTP I think will be soooo expensive for those getting it if easy access is not available. It's not as if we are going to have a choice in the end.