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's on-time connections slip to 84 percent

    NBN Co's on-time connections slip to 84 percent

    Problems persist in the activation process.
    Mar 21 2019 3:10PM
    Govt to spend $220m on mobile, co-fund NBN area switches

    Govt to spend $220m on mobile, co-fund NBN area switches

    Responds to regional telecommunications review.
    Mar 20 2019 3:44PM
    NBN Co argues 'no strong basis' for fixed wireless fines

    NBN Co argues 'no strong basis' for fixed wireless fines

    Because it doesn’t offer busy hour performance guarantees.
    Mar 8 2019 1:05PM
    Vodafone says NBN Co still providing dodgy speed data

    Vodafone says NBN Co still providing dodgy speed data

    Retail service providers fear more legal problems.
    Mar 8 2019 1:05PM
    NBN Co reveals uneven spread of 50Mbps-capable premises

    NBN Co reveals uneven spread of 50Mbps-capable premises

    Majority of states and territories to fall short of mandate.
    Mar 6 2019 6:58AM
    NBN Co Sky Muster knocked offline by software update

    NBN Co Sky Muster knocked offline by software update

    Updated: Nationwide outage resolved at 1pm.
    Mar 1 2019 11:35AM
    Aust fibre subscriptions up 70 percent in three years

    Aust fibre subscriptions up 70 percent in three years

    Well above OECD average.
    Mar 1 2019 6:50AM
    Govt leaves call on Layer 3 wireless intervention to NBN Co

    Govt leaves call on Layer 3 wireless intervention to NBN Co

    But won't support more aggressive congestion fixes.
    Feb 28 2019 12:30PM
    Massive NBN Co push to flip a million unserviceable premises

    Massive NBN Co push to flip a million unserviceable premises

    By the end of June.
    Feb 28 2019 6:30AM
    Vodafone Australia joins the low-margin NBN club

    Vodafone Australia joins the low-margin NBN club

    But says it’s imperative to make the national network workable.
    Feb 27 2019 5:39PM
    Vocus won't actively pursue more consumer NBN services

    Vocus won't actively pursue more consumer NBN services

    Calls it "economically unattractive".
    Feb 27 2019 9:25AM
    Second NBN supplier scoped for sham contracting class action

    Second NBN supplier scoped for sham contracting class action

    Foxtel, Optus technical subcontractor BSA under Shine microscope.
    Feb 22 2019 12:01PM
    NBN Co faces calls to endorse good quality modems

    NBN Co faces calls to endorse good quality modems

    After internal tests uncovered dud devices.
    Feb 20 2019 10:59AM
    NBN Co plans four-month HFC blitz

    NBN Co plans four-month HFC blitz

    Releasing up to 200,000 premises a month to sale.
    Feb 20 2019 7:28AM
    NBN Co wants a broadband product to attract renters

    NBN Co wants a broadband product to attract renters

    Hits back at mobile operators eating its lunch.
    Feb 19 2019 10:55PM
    NBN Co's actual cost per premises for FTTC is $3058

    NBN Co's actual cost per premises for FTTC is $3058

    As questions remain over feasibility of build targets.
    Feb 18 2019 11:19AM
    Uniti Wireless raises $13.2m in IPO

    Uniti Wireless raises $13.2m in IPO

    Set to expand reach of its 'NBN alternative' services.
    Feb 13 2019 12:03PM
    NBN 12Mbps plan sellers come under scrutiny

    NBN 12Mbps plan sellers come under scrutiny

    As competition watchdog takes a keen interest in performance.
    Feb 12 2019 10:38AM
    Aussie Broadband predicts long wait for affordable gigabit speeds

    Aussie Broadband predicts long wait for affordable gigabit speeds

    Backs calls for NBN writedown.
    Feb 11 2019 2:51PM
    ACCC puts blame for slow NBN speed squarely on FTTN

    ACCC puts blame for slow NBN speed squarely on FTTN

    Seeks action.
    Feb 6 2019 11:29AM

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