NBN Co cleanses rollout website

NBN Co cleanses rollout website

Summary: NBN Co has removed key rollout data from its website, leaving hundreds of thousands of premises that had been scheduled to get the NBN in the next three years in doubt.


Information on what premises could expect to receive the National Broadband Network (NBN) in the next three years has been scrubbed from NBN Co's website as part of an overhaul of the project under the new Coalition government.

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ZDNet understood as early as midday yesterday that the company was planning to scrub the website, but NBN Co would not confirm the change before it was made late yesterday evening. Where in the old website, premises in areas that could expect construction to commence in the next three years could be located, now NBN Co only lists areas where building has commenced or services are already available.

According to myNBN.info website founder Kenneth Tsang, around 500,000 premises have had their information removed from the website, leaving around 307,800 premises included. This matches the promise from Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull that around 300,000 premises could expect to see construction of the fibre-to-the-premises network continue in the interim while NBN Co conducts its 60-day strategic review.

The Coalition has indicated that the outcome of the review could see NBN Co incorporate a number of alternative technologies, including fibre to the node, instead of the current plan for 93 percent of premises to receive fibre to the premises.

While the move to scrub the rollout website limits the amount of transparency into the rollout at this stage, Turnbull has promised that NBN Co will soon be required to publish weekly figures online detailing the progress of the rollout, including the number of premises passed, those that can and can't connect to the NBN, and the number of active services.

In a letter from Turnbull and the other NBN shareholder minister, Finance Minister Mathias Cormann, to NBN chair Dr Ziggy Switkowski, Turnbull again confirmed plans to "improve the quality and transparency of NBN Co's reporting".

Accompanying the letter was NBN Co's annual report (PDF) for the financial year ending June 30, 2013, in which NBN Co reported a loss of AU$932 million. This was slightly lower than expected, due to the company not meeting its rollout targets.

Revenue from the 70,100 customers active on the network was also lower than forecast, down to AU$17 million instead of the projected AU$18 million. AU$5 million of the revenue came from fibre services, while AU$7 million came from the fixed wireless and satellite services.

NBN Co said the lower revenue was largely due to lower activations, but was largely offset by a higher than expected average revenue per user (ARPU) of AU$37 per month.

"Strong demand for higher wholesale speed tiers has contributed to ARPU being higher than the 2012-15 plan assumptions."

NBN Co's executive team took home close to AU$9 million in the 2013 financial year, with former NBN Co CEO Mike Quigley picking up AU$1.9 million. Unlike the previous financial year, where NBN Co's executive team took home more than half a million in bonuses, none of the executive team picked up any short-term incentives or bonuses in the 2013 financial year.

Topic: NBN


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  • Not just the 1 and 3 year areas

    The removal also affected areas that had commenced construction (the old orange areas) - some with RFS dates as soon as December 2013. This is a sad day for the NBN.
    • I can confirm this...

      My area in 2144 Auburn was due in February 2014 and marked as orange. Now it simply says not available. I though we might get in under the wire, as it previously stated construction had commenced- but now, not so. Liberal scumbags - Turnbull is full of it!
    • Can also confirm

      Some areas due to be completed in November 2013 have also been removed. As per Telstra site (courtesy of a Whirlpool post on the Wollongong thread)

      NSW | Wollongong 2 CSA | 2WLG-02 | Nov 2013

      To the best of my knowledge, the area was pretty much at the point where all they needed to do was pull the cables through, and connect the dots at either end. 2 or 3 weeks work.
  • This is what your country voted for.

    Everyone voted for the Fibrer-to-the-Premises network to be destroyed.

    You are watching the people get what they wanted.

    If you really want fiber to your home, then you should make sure that the hybrid fibre-plus-copper network does not come into your street. Once that's there, it will be your network for many decades ahead. Even if the government changed in 3 years, you are not going to get fiber to your home if the hybrid fiber-plus-copper is already there.

    In other words, you're better with no upgrade than a bad upgrade, as the bad upgrade will prevent a good upgrade coming in a few years.
    • nah they didnt

      They actually didn't vote for this, @ < %39 of the vote isnt even close to what people wanted. The unfortunate thing is boat people got in the way of Fibre rollout so people voted for that but the LIBS dont have majority so we obviously didnt give them free reign.
      • But thats the problem

        This is part of the whole problem with democracy though. Opinion polling puts most australians to the left of labor (A center-right party), and yet they vote for the liberal party (a full-on right wing party , at least in 2013, it was in the center back in the fraser days) on almost everything except race (which is kind of where australians get a bit derpy, sadly). The question is why the hell did people fall for all this. The economy was in great condition, our national debt and deficit where amongst the lowest in the world (and the *only* western country not to have a recession) , unemployment was low, we had pulled out of some unpopular wars , and on track to solve climate issues, all of which with majority support. But people fell for a pattern of dishonest reporting from the murdoch press and the howling right wing activists in the mining lobby (who really didnt want that carbon tax despite it being proven to have had almost no impact on living costs).

        And we fell for it hook line and sinker, and now the vandals are in the house ransacking and selling off the furniture. We are missing a very narrow opportunity to build some great infrastructure whilst the economy is in such good health. Once the mining boom is over, that oportunity will be gone. Oh well.
        • Totally agree mate

          Everything you say is unfortunately right. I didnt fall for the LNP spin or even bother reading the murdoch press as it was pretty biased. Im in Townsville and the new bikie laws are an absolute joke(Thanks to the LNP), you cant even wear a belt buckle with the word REBEL on it with out going to jail now. So now we are told what to wear LOL@that.
          • funny

            LNP says they believe in less government and we're becoming a nanny state, yet quite happy to create fear so they can introduce all those new laws and tell us they're protecting us .. what a laugh, people still fall for this rubbish.
            Mark S-8ff5e
  • Turncoat

    So now Turnball is blaming the Asbestos remediation for the delay.
    Funny that because these are the same Telstra construction contractors that he is claiming will speed up his FTTN. Telstra hasn't constructed any fixed line networks for 20 years or more, since HFC and the workforforce is struggling to find experienced workers, so unless Telstra is going to increase salaries to lure these workers back to them, I doubt Telstra is in any position to add value, they only want to take more of our hard earned public funds.
    FTTH advocate