Microsoft urges rethink of NBN plan

Summary:Software giant Microsoft has said that the Abbott government should reconsider its National Broadband Network policy.

The former Labor government's fibre-to-the-premises plan is superior to the Coalition's cheaper policy of running optical fibres to street exchanges, Microsoft Australia managing director Pip Marlow has said.

Microsoft argues that a fibre-to-the-premises National Broadband Network (NBN) would deliver faster speeds than the Coalition's hybrid optical fibre and copper cable program.

"Ultimately, if you don't get fibre to the home, the biggest impact really is the upload speeds," she told AAP at a Committee for Economic Development of Australia event.

Microsoft is lobbying Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull and other government members, Marlow said.

"We're encouraging the government to be looking at all the options and really understanding how businesses, how schools, how individuals will be using this technology," she said.

"We think that needs to be looked at."

Topics: NBN, Microsoft, Telcos

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