Australia should undertake a comprehensive review of its mobile telecommunications in the wake of Telstra's bid to actively promote the sharing of its infrastructure, independent telecommunications analyst Paul Budde has urged.
The Australian Labor Party's pledge during the election campaign to offer 90% of broadband users in the country higher speeds will not have the intended effect unless the price of the technology is lowered, the independent telecommunications analyst Paul Budde says.
Telstra's announcement on Wednesday that chief financial officer Vicki Brady would replace chief executive Andrew Penn indicates that there will be no changes to the company's direction in the near future, independent telecommunications consultant Paul Budde says.
The NBN holds a unique position in the Federal Budget – no matter who is voted to power in the forthcoming Federal Election, the short-term changes proposed will remain, independent telecommunications analyst Paul Budde says.
The Federal Government's announcement of an additional $480 million investment in regional broadband cannot be taken to indicate that the services will automatically improve as the money could just be an election handout, independent telecommunications consultant Paul Budde says.
Australian telecommunications company Vocus says the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine has no impact on the deal it signed in January which announced it would be the first distribution partner for the London-based global satellite Internet broadband company OneWeb in Australia.
A well-known telecommunications consultant has thrown his support behind a call by ACCC chairman Rod Sims for the government to treat the costs of the NBN as sunk and focus on getting the best use out of the network.
The NBN Co's continuing bid to placate regulators, retailers and consumer organisations means its financial worries are far from over, independent telecommunications consultant Paul Budde says.
Labor's announcement that it would provide $2.4 billion for an additional 1.5 million homes to be provided with fibre if it were elected to office has been dismissed as "a continuation of the muddling-on process seen over the last decade."
The final cost of the NBN is likely to end up being in the $90-billion range, a figure that was once claimed in 2013 by Malcolm Turnbull as what it would cost if Labor continued with its plan, a well-known independent telecommunications analyst says.
Telstra's decision to acquire Digicel Pacific is a political decision, Australia's top independent telecommunications analyst Paul Budde says, adding that it would never have happened without the involvement of the government.
The NBN Co needs to undertake a structural change to its wholesale pricing model that takes into account the changing nature of broadband use in the wake of the pandemic, independent telecommunications analyst Paul Budde says.
Telstra's belated bid to restructure deserves applause but the main question that remains is whether it is too little too late, Australia's best-known independent telecommunications consultant Paul Budde says.
Veteran telecommunications consultant Paul Budde has summed up Tuesday's events in the stoush between the digital platforms and the Federal Government in a rather pithy way: "Facebook stays, everybody is happy. but nothing has changed."
The options offered by the NBN Co in its latest pricing review consultation will lead to a price rise of $2 per customer no matter which option a retail service provider chooses, well-known independent telecommunications analyst Paul Budde says.
Telstra's success or failure with its new move to split up into three units will depend on how much freedom the parent group gives them to operate, based on what makes financial and economic sense, the well-known independent telecommunications analyst Paul Budde says.
The NBN Co has indulged in various kinds of spin over the years to project itself as an organisation that is doing a brilliant job at rolling out a broadband network in Australia and thus its latest stunt, to keep some of its accounts hidden and reveal them only at the half-year and full-year results stages, should not come as a surprise to anyone.
The situation with the national broadband network at the present moment is similar to the time when Telstra was a monopoly and dictated terms to the rest of the market, well-known telecommunications analyst Paul Budde claims.
Well-known Australian telecommunications consultant Paul Budde says while it is great to see the government doing a backflip on its fibre policy, the big question now is how access to fibre optic services will be made affordable for residential users.
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.
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