Thursday, 08 February 2018 05:13

30% to abandon NBN for wireless: ALP report claim Featured

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A new ACCC co-funded survey has been cited by the Australian Labor Party as showing that 30% of households could abandon the NBN and switch to wireless broadband. The number stands in in stark contrast to NBN Co projections.

A survey by Venture Insights came to this conclusion. (The full survey costs a packet and is not available to link to.)

Labor's communications spokesperson Michelle Rowland said this contrasted with the 2018 corporate plan issued by the NBN Co, where the assumption had been made that only 15% would use wireless between now and 2040.

"This is despite a 15% substitution rate right now, with a second-rate network that will become increasingly exposed to competition over the next five years," she said.

"The tragedy is Turnbull has built an inferior NBN that is exposing taxpayers to risks he has spent over four years trying to deny:

  • "The cost of the multi-technology mix rollout has increased from $29.5 billion to $49 billion;
  • "It is more exposed to wireless competition;
  • "It costs more to maintain over its lifetime;
  • "It delivers slower speeds;
  • "It delivers a less reliable service;
  • "Consumer complaints have hit record highs;
  • "It will require expensive and wasteful upgrades that could have been avoided;
  • "It generates less revenue from those willing to pay for higher speeds – but the network can’t deliver."

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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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