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 speed standards emerge at top tiers

    NBN speed standards emerge at top tiers

    Arms race appears over.
    Jul 16 2018 11:05AM
    TPG joins Telstra in showing NBN fixed wireless speeds

    TPG joins Telstra in showing NBN fixed wireless speeds

    Breaks out performance numbers.
    Jul 12 2018 10:28AM
    NBN Co to roll back Sky Muster modem firmware update

    NBN Co to roll back Sky Muster modem firmware update

    To solve 'blue NTD light' issue.
    Jul 11 2018 2:45PM
    Telstra starts publishing 'average' NBN speeds

    Telstra starts publishing 'average' NBN speeds

    Follows Optus in combating third party monitoring schemes.
    Jul 10 2018 10:16AM
    NBN Co's HFC sales freeze hits 1.38m premises

    NBN Co's HFC sales freeze hits 1.38m premises

    Stakes are high.
    Jul 6 2018 4:43PM
    Why NBN's fixed wireless users won't notice new design rules

    Why NBN's fixed wireless users won't notice new design rules

    Not the answer to immediate congestion issues.
    Jul 5 2018 11:25AM
    NBN Co shows upgrade path thinking for almost all access techs

    NBN Co shows upgrade path thinking for almost all access techs

    Through to 2023 and beyond.
    Jun 27 2018 12:24PM
    NBN Co's top user downloads 23.6TB a month

    NBN Co's top user downloads 23.6TB a month

    Reveals traffic usage numbers.
    Jun 26 2018 12:11PM
    Labor wants to fine NBN Co for bad service

    Labor wants to fine NBN Co for bad service

    Joins Telstra in pushing to penalise network builder.
    Jun 24 2018 9:52AM
    ACMA unveils NBN standard to keep customers online

    ACMA unveils NBN standard to keep customers online

    During any messy transition.
    Jun 22 2018 11:51AM
    NBN Co sees less than one percent of area switches built

    NBN Co sees less than one percent of area switches built

    Low conversion rate revealed in new numbers.
    Jun 22 2018 11:03AM
    Telstra to cut at least 8000 jobs

    Telstra to cut at least 8000 jobs

    Major reorganisation announced.
    Jun 20 2018 8:10AM
    Optus to shut down its dial-up internet service

    Optus to shut down its dial-up internet service

    Three years after Telstra's decision.
    Jun 18 2018 10:42AM
    Superloop buys SkyMesh's NBN fixed-line users

    Superloop buys SkyMesh's NBN fixed-line users

    Brings them into forthcoming Superbb retail offering.
    Jun 12 2018 11:52AM
    Aussie Broadband may have to cut some NBN users loose

    Aussie Broadband may have to cut some NBN users loose

    Can’t afford to operate in two price constructs.
    Jun 5 2018 2:15PM
    NBN Co could target multi-terabyte fixed wireless users

    NBN Co could target multi-terabyte fixed wireless users

    One of several ideas to fix congestion.
    Jun 4 2018 4:36PM
    NBN retail prices are starting to rise

    NBN retail prices are starting to rise

    Analysis: The 'basic' NBN service is being redefined.
    Jun 1 2018 6:55AM
    NBN Co launches fresh consultation on new price model

    NBN Co launches fresh consultation on new price model

    Deals with 12Mbps, fixed wireless.
    May 25 2018 11:55AM
    NBN Co kills 100Mbps on fixed wireless

    NBN Co kills 100Mbps on fixed wireless

    Worries instead about getting all users up to 25Mbps.
    May 24 2018 6:17PM
    Optus fined $1.5m for forcing HFC customers onto NBN

    Optus fined $1.5m for forcing HFC customers onto NBN

    Chasing migration payment 'bounty'.
    May 23 2018 8:37AM

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