NBN Co chief Mike Quigley (pictured, right) says he will soon return to retirement claiming to have laid the foundations that will serve the Government-owned company for decades to come. Seen widely as an ALP appointment, Quigley's tenure has been under question with the prospect of a possible Coalition victory in the coming election.
Opposition spokesman Malcolm Turnbull has been critical of Quigley for much of his tenure. In 2010 Turnbull issued a 'please explain' concerning the bribery scandal at Alcatel-Lucent during the period when Quigley and NBN Co CFO Jean-Pascal Beaufret held senior roles at that company.
Alcatel-Lucent is a major supplier to NBN Co.
Quigley has also been criticised for delays in the rollout of the NBN fibre network, though much of that was the result of the time needed to negotiate with Telstra for access to existing pits and ducts.
Further delays have occurred due to the presence of asbestos in those facilities.
"My job was to lay the foundations for the NBN for the next 30 years. That job is largely complete," Quigley said.
"NBN Co is now a well-established wholesale telecommunications company with a nationwide workforce, delivery partners, infrastructure agreements, complex IT systems and more than 40 retail customers which are supplying fast, reliable and affordable broadband to a growing number of Australians."
He added "The ramp-up in construction and the news last week that the company had passed more than 200,000 premises with fibre gives me further confidence that the NBN build can be delivered by 2021 in line with the projections in the company's Corporate Plan."
NBN Co Chairman Siobhan McKenna paid tribute to Quigley, saying "NBN Co has been fortunate to have Mike as Chief Executive over the past four years.
"His intellect, tenacity and knowledge of telecommunications products and network architecture have taken NBN Co from a policy vision to a successful operating entity."