The man chosen by the Rudd Labor Government to head the NBN Co when it was formed has not held back in criticising the Coalition for what he called "a colossal mistake" when it decided to change the mix of technology for the NBN from one that would be mostly fibre to one in which copper would dominate.
As part of our series on the future of the NBN, iTWire had hoped to round off things with the opinions of Communications Minister Paul Fletcher and Shadow Communications Minister Michelle Rowland, the two people who are in a position to actually decide on what the future of the network will be.
What's wrong with Australia's national broadband network? That's a hoary old chestnut which has been asked and answered many times over the last five years or more, so when the ABC ran a programme asking the same question, it could only come up with the same answers as before. But in much less detail.
Switching the national broadband network to using fibre-to-the-distribution-point technology is an interim solution; the correct solution, which will cost about the same, is to go full fibre.
Plans by the company rolling out the national broadband network to implement dynamic line management on its fibre-to-the-node and fibre-to-the-basement connections in early 2018 have been termed as something akin to putting lipstick on a pig by the former chief executive of NBN Co, Mike Quigley.
The NBN Co has not undertaken any demonstrations to show Australians what kind of speeds are needed to get good response times when streaming videos, because to do so would show the inadequacy of the technology being used, a network expert says.
The man who led NBN Co from day one until he quit in July 2013 following a change of government lays the blame for the present mess largely at the feet of one man: the current Prime Minister and former Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
On the eve of the federal election, Internet Australia chief Laurie Patton has made a last ditch appeal for bipartisan support by the major political parties for deploying the best long-term technologies and infrastructure to meet Australia's needs now and well beyond 2020.
And so, it all seems to be over, at least as far as the NBN is concerned. A tsunami called Brexit has more or less ensured that Malcolm Turnbull will continue as Australia's prime minister after 2 July. And with him, of course, comes that mongrel multi-technology mix NBN.
Industry pressure on the major political parties for the National Broadband Network to shift to a full fibre (FttP) network has intensified, with Internet Australia calling for an urgent review of the rollout strategy in the wake of trenchant criticism of the Coalition’s NBN policy by the exchief of NBN Co, Mike Quigley.
The founding chief executive of NBN Co, Mike Quigley, has intervened in the last two weeks of the federal election, slamming the Coalition for making a “huge miscalculation” with the network’s use of copper access technologies.
NewNBN Co CEO Bill Morrow, in the job barely a week, has made his mark on NBN Co by firing three of its most senior executives.
Former NBN chief Mike Quigley has made a spirited defence of NBN Co’s achievements under his leadership. The hard work has been done, he says.
Communications minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced the first instalment of the new look NBN Co, with the board to be chaired by former Telstra CEO Ziggy Switkowski.
Mike Quigley came out of retirement to head NBN CO, and now he will be returning to it. Few can blame him.
Beleagured and at times controversial CEO of NBN Co, Mike Quigley, has announced his intention to retire once a successor has been appointed. The announcement comes in the wake of a looming federal election.
NBN Co today bought iiNet’s fibre-to-the-home network in the ACT for $9 million in cash, in a big expansion play for the NBN.
As we predicted yesterday NBN Co has hit back at Coalition claims that the cost of Labor's National Broadband Network will blow out, while casting doubt on the viability of the Coalition's own plans.
Broadband Minister Stephen Conroy has flagged an attack on the Coalition's costings of Labor's NBN plan by NBN Co CEO Mike Quigley.
NBN Co has heavily revised down its forecast for rollout of fibre optic cable, raising fresh doubts about the viability of the biggest infrastructure project in Australia's history.
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