Posts Tagged ‘ Telstra ’

Those in the know are talking, but will Julia listen?


Rhetorical question…

THE National Broadband Network model proposed by the Coalition if it wins power would be faster and cheaper to roll out than the $36 billion design being pursued by Labor, Telstra has declared.

Telstra chief executive David Thodey said that adopting the fibre-to-the-node network – the model favoured by an Abbott government – would be lower-cost and faster than the approach of laying fibre to the home and could result in faster payments to the telco for the use of its infrastructure.

Because Julia, in case you didn’t notice, we don’t have a spare $36 billion lying around any more.

Just ditch the NBN in its entirety


One can understand going the fibre optic cable route in a small, densely populated country like South Korea, but to do this in Australia is folly – not least with ever-better wireless technology coming out on almost a daily basis.

Watchdog must reject NBN’s anti-competitive deals

ROD Sims, the recently appointed chairman of the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission, has in his power the ability to derail, if not destroy, the government’s $43 billion National Broadband Network.

Indeed, given the bombshell in the discussion paper the ACCC released yesterday on Telstra’s so-called structural separation undertaking, which underpins the $11bn (post-tax) deal between Telstra and the NBN Co, he may have no option but to block deals that are vital to the NBN’s success.

In its 207-page discussion paper the ACCC reveals for the first time that the deal, which will see Telstra close its copper network and stop providing broadband on its pay-TV cable network, in competition with the NBN, is dependent on a “condition precedent” that beggars belief. The paper states that the deal between Telstra and NBN Co is “subject to a condition precedent that NBN Co commits to Telstra that it will enter into an arrangement with Optus regarding the closure of its HFC [pay-TV] network”.

In a country as large as Australia, with such relatively small population density, it’s madness to overlook wireless technologies.

In a capitalist country, it’s madness to create a new monopoly – created by dictum of government.

Scrap the NBN, Rod, and save us $40-odd billion that we don’t have in the first place.

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