NBN: 4K down, 7 million to go

NBN: 4K down, 7 million to go

Summary: This week, the National Broadband Network Company (NBN Co) rather foolishly announced that it had achieved 4000 connections — when its own corporate plan had 35,000 connections by last June. No wonder they got hammered by the press.

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TOPICS: Broadband, Telcos, NBN
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This week, the National Broadband Network Company (NBN Co) rather foolishly announced that it had achieved 4,000 connections — when its own corporate plan had 35,000 connections by last June. No wonder they got hammered by the press.

But the delays weren't unexpected. Nor do they mean that the whole project is off track. You'll hear NBN chief Mike Quigley explaining that delays in the roll-out doesn't mean that people have been sitting idly by. But the press reaction is just another example of how poorly the concept, the benefits and the approach have been sold to the Australian public.

This week, we look back at some of the NBN-related interviews from last year on Twisted Wire. We examine the two levels of debate; the shallow public debate about whether we should have an NBN at all (after all, it costs so much money), and the industry debate about the role of NBN, scope creep, pricing, product definitions and network design.

You'll hear from:

  • CEO of NBN Co, Mike Quigley
  • Liberal Senator Mary Jo Fisher
  • Advertising freelancer Jane Cairo
  • Primus Australia CEO, Tom Mazerski
  • Internode CEO, Simon Hackett
  • Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull

Next week, we look at the iiNet and Internode merger, and ask how many wholesale customers we expect NBN Co to have. Give us your views in advance by leaving a message on the Twisted Wire feedback line: 02 9304 5198.

Running time: 31 minutes, 35 seconds

Topics: Broadband, Telcos, NBN

About

Phil Dobbie has a wealth of radio and business experience. He started his career in commercial radio in the UK and, since coming to Australia in 1991, has held senior marketing and management roles with Telstra, OzEmail, the British Tourist Authority and other telecommunications, media, travel and advertising businesses.

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  • It should come as no surprise to anyone that the NBN is so far "off the pace". It will, I am sure, become yet another failure of the ALP Federal Government to deliver on what it has promised. At the present rate it will, if it has not already, become superseded by improved technology which will be cheaper and better. At $40 plus Billion the NBN is fast becoming yet another "White Elephant".
    OldFellah
    • "become yet another failure"

      You must be thinking of the coalitions patchwork plan which if implemented would be a colossal failure...

      "become superseded by improved technology"

      What technology would that be? Do you have any evidence to back up your claim?

      "which will be cheaper and better."

      How much cheaper and how much better?

      "At $40 plus Billion the NBN is fast becoming yet another "White Elephant"."

      Oh I see now you are this weeks Liberal party paid shill, hey 'OldFellah' I've got some bad news for you all your predecessors have already tried this one and failed due to the staleness of it, suggest you try something different or at the very least save it for the comments on The Australian or Andrew Bolt's blog as they are the only ones fooled by it.
      Hubert Cumberdale
      • Hmmm.. 40 billion for 7 million potential connections. Assuming an unlikely takeup of 50%, that's $12000 per user. I pay $800 pa for my cable connection. That's 15 years for NBN to recover the cost. As for alternatives. How much has internet technology changed over the last 8 years? We can assume the equivalent level of progress over the rollout period. So, NBN will be a dinosaur when the roll out is complete.
        tnkc
    • Is that you Alan?
      Beta-9f71a
      • lol, but Alan knows what's best for this country! He's been involved in the I.T industry for years!
        theowlit
    • Just because Phil Dobbie and several "vested Interest" politicians have misread the NBN Corporate Plan (either intentionally or unintentionally), doesn't mean that this news story is correct.

      In fact if you care to read the NBN Corporate Plan's forward estimates "properly", you'll see that NBNCo's rollout is pretty-much right on target. In fact the current take-up rate suggests that numbers will actually stream ahead of target in the not-to-distant future.
      EmmettB
      • Irrespective of whether it's greenfield or brownfield site, my point was (press the play button) that 4,000 is not an impressive number so why publicise it. As I say in the 5th sentence - "the press reaction is just another example of how poorly the concept, the benefits and the approach have been sold to the Australian public" - that was my point. But everyone, it seems, wants to get bogged down arguing the numbers.
        phildobbie
        • I agree Phil.

          I believe the NBN is a fantastic concept for Australia, which Labor is not selling well, but in saying that, having little help to do so.

          Whereas the opposition and their allies in News Ltd (who obviously can see their empire being threatened by digital media) are doing a sterling job at, well... lying through their teeth (and no that isn't here-say)....

          http://www.broadbandexpert.com.au/broadband-news/broadband-news/concern-expressed-over-daily-telegraph-nbn-reports_774137

          Sadly, the majority of us dumb Aussies are swallowing the BS and loving the taste.
          Beta-9f71a
          • Rupert Murdoch actually stated that high speed broadband would benefit his company greatly, not the other way around
            deteego
          • Yes and you believe him, priceless.
            Beta-9f71a
    • "it will, if it has not already, become superseded by improved technology which will be cheaper and better."

      Seems the OldFellah is a fan of Allan Jones & his "superior Ultrafast German Laser Beams" & with a simliar IQ.
      grump3
      • LOL grump3, I already asked if he was actually Alan and going by the stunned mullet silence, I think we are onto something...!
        Beta-9f71a
  • Amazingly foolish of you to ignore that fact that this is Brownfields, Sat & Wireless not the intended 35k BOT which is up to negotiations and the caveat is outlined in their corporate plan. Your article is factual inaccurate.
    Please refer to page 15 & 16.
    http://www.nbnco.com.au/assets/documents/nbn-co-3-year-gbe-corporate-plan-final-17-dec-10.pdf

    All for you reporting them not meeting their target come June '12 but this is just FUD.
    Muppet-fbcab
  • "But the press reaction is just another example of how poorly the concept, the benefits and the approach have been sold to the Australian public."
    This is a fairly narrow view of the problem. In my opinion, the general public simply do not want to understand complex undertakings such as the NBN, let alone comprehend the makeup of takeup targets, and why the currently discussed numbers are not the disaster that anti-NBN'ers would like us to believe.
    When there is such ignorance on a grand scale, it makes it very easy for news outlets to cater for the masses with ignorance inspiring reporting.
    sen7ient
    • Is it the role of the media to “cater for the masses” or to publish “journalism”? One is beginning to think if the media implodes in the face of the digital revolution, will it matter?
      Listohan
  • Oh don't the rusted on come out of the woodwork!

    The NBN is a disgrace, no less. Idiotic plan to spend billions of dollars on something that, as evidenced by the takeup rate, most Australians do not want or need.

    Listen fellers, the majority of Australians are not lost and lonely gameboys who spend most of their life locked on to their computers as you do. Get a life.....
    Backslider-baf4d
    • Is this you Backslider? http://timsviews.com/images/moron.jpg
      Beta-9f71a
      • Don’t mind him Beta, he's just bitter because he lives in a satellite only area and wont have access to the 100/40mbps plans.
        Hubert Cumberdale
        • HNY Hubert

          :-)
          Beta-9f71a
          • *sigh*

            The bitter mentality of the anti-NBNer.

            To give another with differing views, a thumbs down for simply wishing another person, happy new year!

            Either you just saw my name and voted or my friend (and I say friend with complete insincerity) you really are a sad and sorry individual.
            Beta-9f71a