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 reveals reverse power draw for FTTdp

    NBN Co reveals reverse power draw for FTTdp

    Lays out energy requirements for new service.
    Feb 20 2017 2:58PM
    NBN Co bends to RSP calls for revamped fees

    NBN Co bends to RSP calls for revamped fees

    Will tailor controversial CVC to individual resellers.
    Feb 17 2017 10:00AM
    Interim NBN satellite users urged to migrate as switch-off looms

    Interim NBN satellite users urged to migrate as switch-off looms

    But Sky Muster still not performing.
    Feb 16 2017 2:09PM
    Demand 'still not there' for 1Gbps: NBN Co

    Demand 'still not there' for 1Gbps: NBN Co

    Despite ongoing trials.
    Feb 9 2017 12:24PM
    NBN Co needs to coax customers onto higher speeds

    NBN Co needs to coax customers onto higher speeds

    Or risk missing revenue targets.
    Feb 9 2017 11:59AM
    NBN Co's new lab will scope out future technology

    NBN Co's new lab will scope out future technology

    Charged with creating 'opportunity catalogue'.
    Feb 8 2017 10:41AM
    NBN Co sets fee for after-hours installation

    NBN Co sets fee for after-hours installation

    New service to begin March 20.
    Feb 6 2017 12:00PM
    Vodafone first to sign up for NBN mobile backhaul

    Vodafone first to sign up for NBN mobile backhaul

    Cuts commercial deal for NSW antenna.
    Feb 3 2017 10:44AM
    NBN Co reveals suburbs 'likely' to get FTTdp

    NBN Co reveals suburbs 'likely' to get FTTdp

    Covers 450k premises in Optus HFC footprint.
    Feb 1 2017 1:44PM
    NBN Co won't say how many ADSL users will end up on satellite

    NBN Co won't say how many ADSL users will end up on satellite

    How you connect now is no guarantee for the future.
    Jan 30 2017 6:47AM
    NBN still no case study for nationalised broadband

    NBN still no case study for nationalised broadband

    Second US think tank in six months unconvinced by Aussie experience.
    Jan 25 2017 11:55AM
    Vodafone pushes to curb future NBN Co 'bad behaviour'

    Vodafone pushes to curb future NBN Co 'bad behaviour'

    Why Telstra-era rules remain relevant.
    Jan 23 2017 11:45AM
    NBN Co anticipating 'new problems' in metro rollout

    NBN Co anticipating 'new problems' in metro rollout

    But CEO says 2020 goal still achievable.
    Jan 18 2017 12:01AM
    Qantas to start NBN satellite trial next month

    Qantas to start NBN satellite trial next month

    Agreement for nine-month PoC detailed.
    Jan 16 2017 2:53PM
    Doctors underwhelmed by NBN for e-health

    Doctors underwhelmed by NBN for e-health

    Peak medical body calls for fibre and wireless expansion.
    Jan 10 2017 5:12PM
    NBN Co readies pitch to 'high-value' business users

    NBN Co readies pitch to 'high-value' business users

    Nears milestone entry into the business Ethernet market.
    Jan 10 2017 12:00PM
    NBN Co reveals first two 'area switches' in-progress

    NBN Co reveals first two 'area switches' in-progress

    Along with five-fold increase in individual premises switches.
    Jan 3 2017 12:54PM
    TIO board shake-up sees ex-iiNet CTO join

    TIO board shake-up sees ex-iiNet CTO join

    John Lindsay one of two new faces.
    Dec 23 2016 1:37PM
    NBN Co's FTTdp to come first to Sydney and Melbourne

    NBN Co's FTTdp to come first to Sydney and Melbourne

    Network builder signs first construction deals.
    Dec 21 2016 1:19PM
    NBN Co will no longer tell you what type of fixed connection you're getting

    NBN Co will no longer tell you what type of fixed connection you're getting

    Ditches three-year construction plan.
    Dec 20 2016 4:47PM

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