Actually not true (in terms of pillars not being used adjacent to micronodes). When NBNCo started the build, they only took possession of existing pillars but they weren't allowed to take position of Telstra's ISAM and CMUX units. CMUX units were often deployed in newer developments that were too far from the nearest exchange to get a respectable ADSL/2 sync speed. This created a problem as it meant that some areas that were serviced by a CMUX unit were too far from the ideal location to deploy a full size node to which meant sub 25mbps down sync speeds for some users. This is now being rectified by NBNCo - a pillar will be deployed near where the CMUX unit is and then a micronode deployed near that. I've had that happen recently in my estate - a pillar appeared and then some time later a micronode. The micronode was recently activated and I went from syncing at 30mbps down to 60mbps down. Once co-existance is turned off, there should be a decent speed boost especially as micronodes run much more conservative co-existance profiles than full size nodes.
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