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 retailers show signs of competing on quality

    NBN retailers show signs of competing on quality

    Gap widens in typical peak speeds being reported.
    Jan 19 2018 6:43AM
    Govt refuses to budge on MTM NBN

    Govt refuses to budge on MTM NBN

    After 210-page report slamming project.
    Jan 16 2018 4:54PM
    Inside Telstra's effort to slash NBN complaint wait times

    Inside Telstra's effort to slash NBN complaint wait times

    Part of billion-dollar digitisation drive.
    Jan 16 2018 12:00PM
    NBN Co says one in four FTTN lines can go over 100Mbps

    NBN Co says one in four FTTN lines can go over 100Mbps

    Compared to half of all fixed wireless.
    Jan 16 2018 6:35AM
    NBN pillar goes missing

    NBN pillar goes missing

    Technicians working to restore services.
    Jan 15 2018 11:30AM
    NBN Co to woo smaller RSPs with 'virtual' NNI service

    NBN Co to woo smaller RSPs with 'virtual' NNI service

    Developing new wholesale option.
    Jan 11 2018 7:01AM
    Govt sell-off plans could cost chance to fix the NBN, ex-CTO warns

    Govt sell-off plans could cost chance to fix the NBN, ex-CTO warns

    Telcos encourage govt to take NBN 'financial hit' instead.
    Jan 9 2018 11:30AM
    NBN Co's 50Mbps promo expands to Telstra, Optus

    NBN Co's 50Mbps promo expands to Telstra, Optus

    Different interpretations of temporary offer.
    Jan 9 2018 7:17AM
    Telstra, Optus, TPG and Vocus back NBN service terms inquiry

    Telstra, Optus, TPG and Vocus back NBN service terms inquiry

    Extent of opposition to wholesale agreement revealed.
    Jan 9 2018 6:46AM
    NBN Co 'error' halves new copper cable spend

    NBN Co 'error' halves new copper cable spend

    Overcooks its estimates.
    Dec 22 2017 9:35AM
    ACMA imposes new rules for NBN migrations

    ACMA imposes new rules for NBN migrations

    Telcos told to fall in line.
    Dec 21 2017 12:57PM
    NBN Co's HFC freeze hits more than 500,000 homes

    NBN Co's HFC freeze hits more than 500,000 homes

    Number of premises unable to connect skyrockets.
    Dec 21 2017 8:05AM
    ACCC abandons plan to expose NBN RSPs' CVC buys

    ACCC abandons plan to expose NBN RSPs' CVC buys

    But NBN Co itself must supply better data.
    Dec 21 2017 6:45AM
    Govt to ditch Telstra's USO

    Govt to ditch Telstra's USO

    After the NBN rollout is complete.
    Dec 20 2017 1:22PM
    TPG to compensate 8000 users for slow NBN speeds

    TPG to compensate 8000 users for slow NBN speeds

    Third RSP caves in to ACCC.
    Dec 20 2017 10:00AM
    Telcos double NBN tower use for mobile blackspots

    Telcos double NBN tower use for mobile blackspots

    Could host one in ten co-funded base stations.
    Dec 19 2017 9:34AM
    NBN Co resumes micronode rollout

    NBN Co resumes micronode rollout

    Almost 2000 now in the field.
    Dec 19 2017 9:00AM
    NBN Co sees the dissection of its wholesale deals

    NBN Co sees the dissection of its wholesale deals

    Regulator turns up heat with concerns.
    Dec 18 2017 5:42PM
    Aussie Broadband wants NBN Co to remediate wireless

    Aussie Broadband wants NBN Co to remediate wireless

    Just like HFC network.
    Dec 18 2017 2:12PM
    TIO tries to match NBN complaints to access techs

    TIO tries to match NBN complaints to access techs

    Could provide new picture of customer experience.
    Dec 18 2017 11:31AM

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