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 finally reveals satellite users who will lose ADSL

    NBN Co finally reveals satellite users who will lose ADSL

    Options still being weighed up.
    Sep 21 2017 12:43PM
    NBN Co wants big data to mend customer experience

    NBN Co wants big data to mend customer experience

    Sets up 'tech lab'.
    Sep 21 2017 6:00AM
    NBN Co targets in-home wiring faults

    NBN Co targets in-home wiring faults

    Trials internal diagnostics tool and 'limited' free repairs.
    Sep 20 2017 6:00AM
    NBN Co gets more time to connect sensitive govt sites

    NBN Co gets more time to connect sensitive govt sites

    Sites can also keep existing services intact longer.
    Sep 19 2017 2:54PM
    TPG's NBN user base hits 561,000

    TPG's NBN user base hits 561,000

    But margin pressure means its future is mobile.
    Sep 19 2017 10:32AM
    NBN favouritism called out by TPG, Superloop

    NBN favouritism called out by TPG, Superloop

    Growing anger over double standards.
    Sep 19 2017 6:47AM
    NBN Co could trim five months from wireless projects

    NBN Co could trim five months from wireless projects

    New rules also target renewable power for site back-up.
    Sep 19 2017 6:30AM
    NBN Co reveals over half of lines in limbo are HFC

    NBN Co reveals over half of lines in limbo are HFC

    Analysis: Breaks down 'not yet ready to connect' numbers.
    Sep 13 2017 11:34AM
    Telstra wants voice-only NBN users back

    Telstra wants voice-only NBN users back

    Reveals mysterious ‘Product Hybrid’.
    Sep 12 2017 12:10PM
    Superloop grows fixed wireless footprint with NuSkope buy

    Superloop grows fixed wireless footprint with NuSkope buy

    Lays out millimetre-wave ambitions.
    Sep 11 2017 11:51AM
    NBN Co sets up own labs to train its techs

    NBN Co sets up own labs to train its techs

    Won’t rely on equipment makers to run training.
    Sep 11 2017 6:30AM
    Broadband tax edges closer to reality

    Broadband tax edges closer to reality

    As long as some ministerial powers are wound back.
    Sep 6 2017 7:08PM
    NBN Co says it may not overbuild all FTTN

    NBN Co says it may not overbuild all FTTN

    Could pick and choose areas of demand.
    Sep 4 2017 6:45AM
    Qantas prepares to move in-flight wi-fi out of trial

    Qantas prepares to move in-flight wi-fi out of trial

    Sets up proper network construct.
    Sep 1 2017 1:28PM
    Why selling NBN like it's ADSL makes no sense

    Why selling NBN like it's ADSL makes no sense

    And four more key take-outs from the NBN corporate plan.
    Aug 31 2017 2:04PM
    NBN Co warns limbo premises to peak at 400k

    NBN Co warns limbo premises to peak at 400k

    Before scaling back to zero by build completion.
    Aug 31 2017 12:13PM
    NBN Co raises expected FTTC cost to $2900

    NBN Co raises expected FTTC cost to $2900

    Pushes 200,000 premises RFS dates into 2019.
    Aug 31 2017 10:35AM
    NBN Co sees huge rise in users wanting out of FTTN

    NBN Co sees huge rise in users wanting out of FTTN

    Applications balloon for individuals and council areas.
    Aug 30 2017 1:34PM
    NBN Co rejects Telstra plan to sell $5bn future revenue

    NBN Co rejects Telstra plan to sell $5bn future revenue

    Can’t see a benefit.
    Aug 30 2017 11:41AM
    Challenger ISPs scrap for tiny NBN market share

    Challenger ISPs scrap for tiny NBN market share

    Analysis: Big Aussie ISPs hold their ground.
    Aug 29 2017 12:15PM

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