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.
  • Qld govt sets up FibreCo to offer internet backhaul

    Qld govt sets up FibreCo to offer internet backhaul

    Promises cheap, fast services 'north of Brisbane'.
    Dec 10 2018 6:58AM
    NBN Co may have to pay users stuck in congested wireless cells

    NBN Co may have to pay users stuck in congested wireless cells

    Also tries to call time on 'blame game' around fixing faults.
    Dec 7 2018 2:21PM
    Activ8me gets court a second time for alleged misleading broadband marketing

    Activ8me gets court a second time for alleged misleading broadband marketing

    "Up to 100 Mbps" turned out to be 12/1 Mbps.
    Dec 5 2018 2:22PM
    NBN Co should be paying some costs for area switches

    NBN Co should be paying some costs for area switches

    New approach suggested for Technology Choice program.
    Dec 5 2018 6:54AM
    NBN Co's node cabinets turned into things of beauty

    NBN Co's node cabinets turned into things of beauty

    Over 100 in line to be “wrapped”.
    Nov 30 2018 7:10AM
    NBN Co puts first G.fast capable kerbside kit in the ground

    NBN Co puts first G.fast capable kerbside kit in the ground

    But won't say when the faster speeds will be switched on.
    Nov 29 2018 10:01AM
    NBN supplier Tandem at centre of $400m class action vows to defend case

    NBN supplier Tandem at centre of $400m class action vows to defend case

    "Reviewed by relevant regulators with no adverse findings".
    Nov 26 2018 7:00AM
    $400m sham contracting class action rocks NBN supplier, telco sector

    $400m sham contracting class action rocks NBN supplier, telco sector

    Biggest employment class action ever in Australia.
    Nov 23 2018 12:03PM
    NBN fixed wireless issues should be disclosed upfront, says ACCC

    NBN fixed wireless issues should be disclosed upfront, says ACCC

    Marketing changes finally revealed.
    Nov 21 2018 4:12PM
    NBN provider Mungi goes into administration

    NBN provider Mungi goes into administration

    Blames inability to achieve scale.
    Nov 20 2018 4:49PM
    NBN Co urged to move into Layer 3

    NBN Co urged to move into Layer 3

    For satellite and fixed wireless services.
    Nov 20 2018 10:39AM
    NBN Co looks to business purse for half of ARPU uplift

    NBN Co looks to business purse for half of ARPU uplift

    Won’t raise residential prices to get to $52.
    Nov 19 2018 10:54AM
    Greens propose $250m NBN migration assistance fund

    Greens propose $250m NBN migration assistance fund

    To bridge affordability gap.
    Nov 14 2018 7:00PM
    NBN Co gives first sign its FTTC targets are achievable

    NBN Co gives first sign its FTTC targets are achievable

    As new numbers also show Vodafone’s early NBN success.
    Nov 13 2018 11:40AM
    NBN Co proposes to unmeter some Sky Muster traffic

    NBN Co proposes to unmeter some Sky Muster traffic

    While allowing services to burst above 25Mbps.
    Nov 12 2018 9:09AM
    NBN users may cop speed hit from sub-wholesalers

    NBN users may cop speed hit from sub-wholesalers

    What a direct link to NBN Co could be worth.
    Nov 5 2018 11:51AM
    NBN Co to cull 200 network ops roles

    NBN Co to cull 200 network ops roles

    Exclusive: Partially offset with 100 new positions.
    Nov 1 2018 5:30PM
    NBN Co staff reap $42.7m in bonus payments

    NBN Co staff reap $42.7m in bonus payments

    But cost increases and delays crimp payouts.
    Oct 31 2018 2:58PM
    NBN Co will have to face any 5G substitution threat itself

    NBN Co will have to face any 5G substitution threat itself

    Regulator wants to stay out of it.
    Oct 30 2018 4:39PM
    NBN Co open for enterprise business

    NBN Co open for enterprise business

    Starts taking orders.
    Oct 30 2018 6:30AM

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