Menu
Liberal NBN FTTN promise a lie: Jason Clare

Liberal NBN FTTN promise a lie: Jason Clare

Brands the Government's NBN a set of patchwork delivery

The National Broadband Network (NBN) is effectively dead in that it is no longer the national scheme which Australians were expecting prior to last year's election, according to shadow communications minister, Jason Clare.

He said it is instead a fragmented set of delivery methods, therefore breaking the Coalition's promise to implement a fibre to the node (FTTN) service to almost nine million homes and business across the country.

"Instead, what we will get is patchwork of different networks with different speeds and capabilities," he said.

"About 24 to 25 per cent of the population will get fibre to the premises (FTTP), about 31 per cent will get FTTN, about 11 per cent will get fibre to the basement, 27 per cent will access broadband via a hybrid fibre-coaxial (HFC) network, and about seven per cent will access it via satellite of the fixed wireless system."

Clare admits he was wrong in November 2013 when he stated that Labor had won the NBN debate and that the Liberal party accepted it was "too popular to destroy, and so they would keep it and build a small version".

"With the benefit of hindsight I think that I have worked out what Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull were doing with [a lifesize hologram of] Sonny Bill Williams when they made those promises that they have broken. It was about neutralising an issue that was positive for the Labor Government before the election."

The padding game

The minister also claims that instead of pushing NBN Co to accelerate the construction of the NBN, the Government has reduced targets for the benefits of a positive press release come election time.

October last year saw Turnbull set the target to meet by the conclusion of the current financial year at 450,000 premises past. In December, the figure was dropped to 375,000.

"It is important to understand what has just happened," Clare said. "NBN Co has failed to meet its construction targets in the past. What Turnbull is determined to do is ensure that never happens on his watch, and has now lowered the bar to the point where it is impossible for the company not to surpass."

This means NBN Co could slow its construction to two thirds its current pace and maintain the new targets.

Follow Us

Join the ARN newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags FTTNLabornational broadband networkfibrefttpgovernmentbroadbandNBNJason Clare

Upcoming

Slideshows

IN PICTURES: Nutanix's .NEXT channel event in Sydney (+20 photos)

IN PICTURES: Nutanix's .NEXT channel event in Sydney (+20 photos)

Nutanix recently held its customer and channel event, .NEXT, in Sydney. The event, held at the Sheraton on the Park saw attendance from more than 150 channel and technology partners and customers. It was the first in a series of events Nutanix is holding in A/NZ in August and September, the objective of which is to brief partners and customers on “what’s next” in the design and management of datacentre technology.

IN PICTURES: Nutanix's .NEXT channel event in Sydney (+20 photos)
IN PICTURES: EDGE 2015 sponsor debrief (+23 photos)

IN PICTURES: EDGE 2015 sponsor debrief (+23 photos)

Some of the sponsors of ARN's inaugural EDGE 2015 event got together at the ARN office for a debrieef of the event. Over some drinks and cheese, these attendees got an update on some key statistics that arose from the EDGE event and discussed potential topics and improvements that can be made at next year's event.

IN PICTURES: EDGE 2015 sponsor debrief (+23 photos)
IN PICTURES: ARN Distributor Roundtable, Sydney, 26.08.15 (+26 photos)

IN PICTURES: ARN Distributor Roundtable, Sydney, 26.08.15 (+26 photos)

ARN hosted a distributor roundtable at Cafe Del Mar in Sydney, at which attendees and their partners discussed the changing role of the traditional IT distributor. They spoke about the challenges of digital disruption, the blurring lines of the channel in the age of digital transformation, and examined the ever-evolving business models. This roundtable was sponsored by Distribution Central, Exclusive Networks, Rhipe, and Hemisphere Technologies. Photos by ARN Editorial Director, Mike Gee.

IN PICTURES: ARN Distributor Roundtable, Sydney, 26.08.15 (+26 photos)

iasset.com is a channel management ecosystem that automates all major aspects of the entire sales, marketing and service process, including data tracking, integrated learning, knowledge management and product lifecycle management.

Show Comments