“The NBN is unquestionably the biggest infrastructure debacle in the country’s history. So hopefully the project will be reviewed by people with greater expertise in running major projects,” said TelSoc president Professor Reg Coutts.
Coutts said TelSoc sees merit in the Government’s decision to combine communications and infrastructure into a new super-department.
“TelSoc is a member-based organisation committed to promoting knowledge, understanding and excellence in telecommunications and its applications in a digitally-enabled world. Its members are involved in the provision of services to NBN Co and have extensive experience in dealing with the problems associated with the rollout of broadband in Australia.
“What started out as a critical nation building exercise has unfortunately become mired in politics, with poor technology choices leading to substandard connections for millions of NBN customers.”
Coutts said TelSoc will be making contact with the head of the new super-department and offering its advice and assistance.
“We are keen to be part of the solution. Australia needs a 21st broadband network, for our economic development and social wellbeing.
“We need urgent action or we will continue to fall behind other APAC countries and lose out in the global digitally-enabled era,” Professor Coutts concluded.