to be fair, aliali, comparative population density must be a significant factor effecting how compelling those examples are with regard to australia.
Sure our suburbs tend to be less dense than a lot of other countries (battler blocks and the like) but this makes FTTP an even better option than FTTN because line distance is a huge issue with FTTN, not so much with FTTP. So with the average Aus building block size you need far more nodes per sq KM than other more densely populated cities.
As far as MDUs and high density towers yes FTTB probably does make more sense than FTTP because rewiring these sorts of buildings with fibre to each apartment would be a bit of a nightmare. And that's ignoring the whole access/strata/management issue.
As far as intercity or intertown backhaul goes this is the same for every technology.
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