Telstra says NBN plan under Coalition will be both cheaper and faster to roll out – Jamie McIntyre
As reported in ‘The Australian’ Telstra chief David Thodey said adopting the fibre to node network proposed by the opposition would be lower cost and faster than the approach to laying fibre to the home and could result in faster payments to the telco for the use of its infrastructure.
Telstra Chief also said if the opposition does win office next year, re-negotiations of the Telstra NBN deal would ” not be significant in the overall structure of the deal”.
Personally I’ve always preferred Malcolm Turnbull’s NBN option due to it being more carefully thought out and cost effective along with ensuring Australians get a national broadband network sooner.
NBN Co currently estimates it will take 10 years to complete the NBN , however the project has already been dogged by delays that critics estimate have put the project 15 months behind schedule already.
Personally I’m a critic of the current Government’s NBN plan because it was a rushed urgent plan hashed by a desperate Labor party with no cost analysis nor regard to our fiscal position.
Not to mention a lot of it will be wasted.
A NBN should be firstly focused on a high speed broadband for businesses to utilise to improve the economic output of our nation and much needed efficiency gains and should be delivered much sooner than 10 to 12 years.
Allowing households to download home movies is not what I call nation building or critical infrastructure when much higher priority infrastructure needs exist with proven cost benefit analysis.
If the CEO of a major company spent $36 billon of its shareholders money without a cost analysis done they would be sacked.
Should we not demand the same standard of fiscal responsibility on our political leaders?
I’m all for infrastructure investment.
Quality, cost tested infrastructure with value for money that is.