Video: NBN Co plans to "level the playing field"

 

Quigley says industry structure is as important as the fibre network.

View larger image View larger image View larger image

See all pictures here »

The competitive structure of Australia's telecommunications industry is "less than ideal", according to Mike Quigley, CEO of the NBNCo, who today said the National Broadband Network will help level the playing field.

"The telco industry has been dogged by long running disputes through the regulator, in the courts and in the media over issues of equivalent access.

"Despite years of attempts by the ACCC to resolve access disputes over equivalence continue," said Quigley, who was speaking at the Realising Our Broadband Future forum in Sydney this morning.

Quigley said that fixing the competitive structure is as important as building the actual fibre network.

"Given the government's conviction that ubiquitous high speed broadband is critical to Australia's economic future it is no surprise that action has been taken to correct the  failures of the current structure.

"Every bit as important as building out a fibre network is the need to get the industry structure right. We've seen that in some metro areas of Australia, the DSL market can be highly competitive and deliver real benefits to consumers. NBN will enable an improved version of this model to operate nationally," Quigley told the audience, which included both Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Broadband Minister, Senator Stephen Conroy.

Prior to Quigley taking the Stage, the Prime Minister told the delegation of 'IT geeks' that Australia's broadband infrastructure was "not up to scratch".

"The reality is that Australia's current broadband infrastructure is not up to scratch. Slow broadband is holding our nation back. We have got to change that.  Average broadband speeds in Australia are 40 times slower than the world leader Japan.

"Out of 30 leading countries, we are behind all but three. We are behind Turkey and the Slovak republic.  We are also in the bottom half of the OECD countries for broadband takeup, coming 16 out of 30 in the OECD in a 2008 survey.

"Australians want high speed broadband," added the Prime Minister.


 
 
 
Top Stories
Beyond ACORN: Cracking the infosec skills nut
[Blog post] Could the Government's cybercrime focus be a catalyst for change?
 
The iTnews Benchmark Awards
Meet the best of the best.
 
Telstra hands over copper, HFC in new $11bn NBN deal
Value of 2011 deal remains intact.
 
 
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...
Latest Comments
Polls
Who do you trust most to protect your private data?







   |   View results
Your bank
  39%
 
Your insurance company
  4%
 
A technology company (Google, Facebook et al)
  8%
 
Your telco, ISP or utility
  8%
 
A retailer (Coles, Woolworths et al)
  3%
 
A Federal Government agency (ATO, Centrelink etc)
  19%
 
An Australian law enforcement agency (AFP, ASIO et al)
  14%
 
A State Government agency (Health dept, etc)
  6%
TOTAL VOTES: 1842

Vote
Do you support the abolition of the Office of the Information Commissioner?