Election 2013: Broadband Election 2013: Broadband

Of all the election issues watched by the tech sector, the national broadband network has enlivened the most debate.

The Coalition released its broadband policy ahead of many of its other policies, promising to deliver a fibre-to-the-node network for 25 percent less than Labor’s $44.1 billion fibre-to-the-home network.

Here’s how the policies stack up:

Labor

  • $44.1 billion fibre to the home network (to be delivered by June 2021), with 97 percent fibre coverage and the remainder a mix of satellite and fixed wireless.
  • Network to deliver download speeds of up to 1 Gbps and upload speeds of 400 Mbps, depending on the plan purchased.
  • Wholesale pricing structure fixed, with NBN Co remaining the monopoly provider.
  • Wholesale price capped at $24 per month for 12 Mbps download/1 Mbps upload speed, frozen for five years, and subsequent increases limited to less than the price of inflation.
  • Coalition

  • $29.5 billion mostly fibre-to-the-node premises (to be delivered by June 2015), with 71 percent FTTN and 22 percent FTTP on greenfields sites, and the remainder a mix of satellite and fixed wireless.
  • Network to deliver download speeds of up to 50 Mbps for the FTTN connections and 1 Gbps for FTTP connections. Upload speeds for FTTN connections of up to 10 Mbps and 400 Mbps for FTTP connections.
  • Wholesale pricing structure capped by the ACCC, with competing broadband access networks allowed.
  • Wholesale price forecast to be $38 per month in 2021, with a user pays policy for those wishing to connect the ‘last mile’ to their home with fibre.
  • Greens

  • Support Labor’s NBN policy.
  • Amended policy to ensure any future moves to privatise the NBN would be subject to a review to protect the public interest, requiring the approval of Parliament.
  • NBN Co to simplify network and IT architecture

    NBN Co to simplify network and IT architecture

    Seeks exec to manage technical debt and set sail for software-defined network.
    Sep 21 2018 10:00AM
    Telstra wants to hang onto business services a bit longer

    Telstra wants to hang onto business services a bit longer

    Asks for delayed migration.
    Sep 19 2018 11:55AM
    Telstra towers over rivals in war for NBN power

    Telstra towers over rivals in war for NBN power

    Just four companies now own 90 percent of active NBN connections.
    Sep 19 2018 6:45AM
    TPG cops NBN profit hit ahead of Voda merger

    TPG cops NBN profit hit ahead of Voda merger

    Pressures from NBN migration.
    Sep 18 2018 11:59AM
    NBN Co will soon pay $25 for every missed appointment

    NBN Co will soon pay $25 for every missed appointment

    Must also publish congestion data on fixed wireless.
    Sep 12 2018 10:46AM
    UNSW researchers find FTTP NBN worth the extra billions

    UNSW researchers find FTTP NBN worth the extra billions

    Economists tally social costs of policy shift.
    Sep 11 2018 11:46AM
    Telstra dials-up Deutsche Telekom for new tech and product head

    Telstra dials-up Deutsche Telekom for new tech and product head

    After dialling-down guidance.
    Sep 6 2018 7:12PM
    Telstra expects $300m income hit from NBN delays

    Telstra expects $300m income hit from NBN delays

    Partially offset by keeping ADSL alive longer.
    Sep 6 2018 8:50AM
    NBN Co to get three more years to repay $19.5bn govt loan

    NBN Co to get three more years to repay $19.5bn govt loan

    As it looks to raise private equity.
    Aug 31 2018 11:10AM
    NBN Co's HFC pause cost $900m

    NBN Co's HFC pause cost $900m

    Long-awaited number released.
    Aug 31 2018 10:38AM
    NBN Co's build costs rise $2bn, 1.2m premises delayed

    NBN Co's build costs rise $2bn, 1.2m premises delayed

    HFC and fixed wireless problems bite.
    Aug 31 2018 9:29AM
    NBN Co sets up ops centre exclusively for business

    NBN Co sets up ops centre exclusively for business

    Special treatment designed to coax big accounts to switch.
    Aug 30 2018 12:01AM
    NBN Co's FTTC rollout drives up connections in limbo

    NBN Co's FTTC rollout drives up connections in limbo

    Topline number rising despite HFC freeze being lifted.
    Aug 28 2018 11:31AM
    Fresh Optus cull claims another 440 staff

    Fresh Optus cull claims another 440 staff

    "Speaking with affected employees."
    Aug 22 2018 12:10PM
    NBN Co makes Stephen Rue its new CEO

    NBN Co makes Stephen Rue its new CEO

    Replaces Bill Morrow.
    Aug 22 2018 10:05AM
    NBN Co will add FTTC upgrade options to Technology Choice

    NBN Co will add FTTC upgrade options to Technology Choice

    'It’s just a matter of time'.
    Aug 21 2018 12:00PM
    NBN Co deploys 58 percent of the FTTC it had hoped to

    NBN Co deploys 58 percent of the FTTC it had hoped to

    More reasons to watch the next corporate plan.
    Aug 21 2018 6:43AM
    Aussie Broadband wants NBN wireless users switched to fixed line

    Aussie Broadband wants NBN wireless users switched to fixed line

    To ease pressure on network.
    Aug 20 2018 10:20AM
    NBN Co pilots process to catch line speed degradation

    NBN Co pilots process to catch line speed degradation

    Triggers truck roll at 20 percent drop.
    Aug 17 2018 12:00PM
    NBN Co plots upload speed cut to fixed wireless

    NBN Co plots upload speed cut to fixed wireless

    Exclusive: Presented to industry on Wednesday afternoon.
    Aug 17 2018 6:58AM

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