Tasmanian NBN 10 percent under budget: Conroy

By on
Tasmanian NBN 10 percent under budget: Conroy

Comms Ministers duke it out in TV debate.

The Tasmanian leg of the National Broadband Network has commenced rollout at 10 percent under budget, according to Communications Minister Stephen Conroy.

Conroy revealed the figure in a debate with his opposite Tony Smith on ABC Lateline last night in an attempt to stymie an argument over cost blowouts on the project.

"We have delivered the Tasmanian project where we've got live services to people in Tasmania now on time and 10 percent under budget," Conroy told the program.

Conroy said other parts of the network spend were on budget, and the Government stlll expected to spend less than $43 billion courtesy of its agreement with Telstra.

Smith remained unapologetic over the Coalition's own $6.3 billion broadband plan, despite again facing tough questions over its technical feasibility.

He branded "ridiculous" suggestions by Conroy that there wasn't enough wireless spectrum to make good on Coalition plans, saying there was "spectrum today that is suitable for wireless".

"It's in a number of bands and there are existing players using that spectrum," Smith said.

Those with 3G spectrum may also wish to "trade it to another player" who could bid for project work under the Coalition plan, Smith said, or wait for the digital dividend - spectrum vacated by analogue TV that could be used for next-generation mobile services.

Smith also faced questions over whether the number of people accessing the Coalition's wireless services would mean slower speeds for users.

"Well, wireless is contended, but the speeds and the technology is getting better all the time," Smith said.

"And we are not only promising wireless."

Tags:

Most Read Articles

You must be a registered member of iTnews to post a comment.
| Register

Poll

How should the costs of Australia's piracy scheme be split?
Rights holders should foot the whole bill
50/50
ISPs should foot the whole bill
Government should chip in a bit
Other
Flash is heading towards its grave, and that's...
Great! Good riddance
Sad! Flash had some good qualities
Irrelevant. I don't care
What's Flash?
View poll archive

Whitepapers from our sponsors

What will the stadium of the future look like?
What will the stadium of the future look like?
New technology adoption is pushing enterprise networks to breaking point
New technology adoption is pushing enterprise networks to breaking point
Gartner names IBM a 'Leader' for Disaster Recovery as a Service
Gartner names IBM a 'Leader' for Disaster Recovery as a Service
The next era of business continuity: Are you ready for an always-on world?
The next era of business continuity: Are you ready for an always-on world?

Log In

Username:
Password:
|  Forgot your password?