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 leaves fresh batch of FTTC converts until last

    NBN Co leaves fresh batch of FTTC converts until last

    Analysis: Where the 440,000 flipped HFC premises are.
    Apr 20 2018 7:00AM
    NBN complaints keep going up

    NBN complaints keep going up

    But fewer involve NBN Co directly.
    Apr 17 2018 12:01AM
    Qld govt frets over NBN-powered roadside phones

    Qld govt frets over NBN-powered roadside phones

    Wants migration path for critical services sorted.
    Apr 16 2018 4:24PM
    NBN Co reveals range for evening congestion among RSPs

    NBN Co reveals range for evening congestion among RSPs

    New indication of quality gap.
    Apr 13 2018 4:00PM
    NBN Co raised scrapping HFC with govt two years ago

    NBN Co raised scrapping HFC with govt two years ago

    But discussions never went beyond informal stage.
    Apr 12 2018 7:04AM
    NBN Co will flip 440,000 mostly-HFC premises to FTTC

    NBN Co will flip 440,000 mostly-HFC premises to FTTC

    As it begins to lift HFC sales freeze.
    Apr 10 2018 9:30AM
    NBN Co to run 5G tests in Melbourne

    NBN Co to run 5G tests in Melbourne

    Future fixed wireless enhancement?
    Apr 10 2018 9:30AM
    Telstra CEO calls NBN prices 'unsustainable'

    Telstra CEO calls NBN prices 'unsustainable'

    Demands action.
    Apr 9 2018 11:47AM
    NBN Co is building an "insight lab"

    NBN Co is building an "insight lab"

    Six month-old central owner of AI/ML.
    Apr 6 2018 12:00PM
    Aussie Broadband's about-turn on unlimited plans

    Aussie Broadband's about-turn on unlimited plans

    Due to NBN Co’s new permanent prices.
    Apr 5 2018 3:25PM
    ACCC queries inaction over future NBN split and sale

    ACCC queries inaction over future NBN split and sale

    Worries govt may want to sell NBN Co whole to maximise price.
    Apr 5 2018 11:38AM
    NBN Co CEO Bill Morrow to leave

    NBN Co CEO Bill Morrow to leave

    As company "prepares to confront ... new challenges".
    Apr 4 2018 9:38AM
    Aussie Broadband pips Internode on 100Mbps NBN tier

    Aussie Broadband pips Internode on 100Mbps NBN tier

    Takes four days.
    Apr 3 2018 3:09PM
    NBN Co goes self-service for processes

    NBN Co goes self-service for processes

    Signs up to SaaS product.
    Apr 3 2018 11:55AM
    NBN Co opts for low-key FTTC launch

    NBN Co opts for low-key FTTC launch

    First 1000 premises can order a service.
    Mar 30 2018 7:11AM
    Internode sets NBN peak speed benchmark

    Internode sets NBN peak speed benchmark

    As TPG companies raise their performance.
    Mar 29 2018 3:54PM
    NBN speeds blitz all expectations

    NBN speeds blitz all expectations

    But are 400 users “statistically significant”?
    Mar 29 2018 10:16AM
    Retail scrap for NBN services to get clearer

    Retail scrap for NBN services to get clearer

    More providers outside big four to have service numbers revealed.
    Mar 27 2018 9:17AM
    Vocus to refund NBN customers for slow speeds

    Vocus to refund NBN customers for slow speeds

    Subsidiaries join growing list of ISPs stung by ACCC.
    Mar 23 2018 11:33AM
    NBN Co to train field techs in simulation labs

    NBN Co to train field techs in simulation labs

    To equip workers to deal with rollout problems.
    Mar 23 2018 7:28AM

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