The analysts surveyed were:
- Ovum principal consultant, Leith Campbell
- Buddecomm analyst, Paul Budde
- Frost & Sullivan ICT practice senior research manager, Phil Harpur
- Gartner enterprise communications applications research vice-president, Geoff Johnson
- Layer 10 founder and telco analyst, Paul Brooks
- IDC telecommunications program manager, David Cannon
- Market Clarity CEO, Shara Evans
The seven analysts were asked to respond to the following five questions:
- Would the overall benefits of the planned national broadband network (NBN) to the economy and society be worth the forecast price of $43 billion?
- Are there any better alternatives to the fibre-to-the-premises network planed by the Federal Government? If so, please detail the network technology.
- Do you have any doubts that Australia needs a significant upgrade to its existing networks from a technology view point? And from a competition viewpoint?
- Do you agree with the Government’s plan of using a public/private company to rollout the NBN? If not, what would be better?
- Is the public discourse around the NBN lacking? If so, in what way?