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With exquisite timing prime minister Julia Gillard has 'announced' an 'upgrade' to the capabilities of the NBN saying it will deliver not 100Mbps but 1Gbps to subscribers. The reality is it has been able to do that all along. NBN Co has simply clarified its rules.

The timing is particularly exquisite coming as it does in the wake of the Coalition's policy announcement, which focussed on the how rather than the why of its NBN proposal, which contained unrealistic and misleading claims for the capabilities of HFC and wireless technologies and which lead to an embarrassing technically-focussed interrogation of Liberal Party leader, Tony Abbott by the ABC's Kerry O'Brien.

Announcement of the 'upgrade' was made by Gillard at the official opening of the Tasmanian NBN. It has resulted in Abbott making an even bigger fool of himself than he did on the ABC, with a knee-jerk dismissal of Gillard's statement as "utterly implausible."

In a press conference in the outer Sydney suburb of Penrith, Abbott said: "It's very hard to take seriously a government which suddenly pulls yet another technological rabbit out of a hat just because it's under enormous pressure in the closing stages of an election campaign."

Sorry Tony, but there are no rabbits, no hats and no trickery, at least not technical trickery. Here's the reality.

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Stuart Corner

 

Tracking the telecoms industry since 1989, Stuart has been awarded Journalist Of The Year by the Australian Telecommunications Users Group (twice) and by the Service Providers Action Network. In 2010 he received the 'Kester' lifetime achievement award in the Consensus IT Writers Awards and was made a Lifetime Member of the Telecommunications Society of Australia. He was born in the UK, came to Australia in 1980 and has been here ever since.

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