Telstra says it believes the Government can consider its proposal under the existing terms of the RFP and should agreement be reached on outstanding concerns "a possibility exists for more detailed dialogue. Telstra has made it clear it is willing to engage in discussions with the Government to ensure Australia harnesses the benefits of a high-speed, high-definition world."
However when communications minister Stephen Conroy said earlier this year that the government would consider non - complying bids in response to the RFP the Opposition claimed that the terms of the RFP precluded this.
Then shadow minister, Bruce Billson, said: "There are...strong doubts about whether the clause pertaining to the RFP document not being a process contract [which would preclude the consideration of non-compliant bids] would be legally effective; in court you could have a situation where if it walks like a duck and sounds like a duck, then it could be determined that it is one." Legal experts cited a number of precedents that supported his claim.
Telstra says it would invest up to $5 billion of its own capital and wants the Government to provide its promised $4.7 billion in the form of a concessional loan.
The network would cover up to 90 percent of the population providing downlink speeds between 25Mbps and 50Mbps in 65 percent to 75 percent of the footprint and downlink speeds of between 12Mbps and 20Mbps in the remainder of the footprint.