“Is this really what the Turnbull Government proposes to give the students, families and small businesses of Bennelong? An expensive HFC network that still doesn’t work properly — and is producing up to 50 times more dropouts?”, Rowland said, speaking ahead of next weekend’s Bennelong by-election.
“Time without internet connectivity is a critical source of lost productivity for businesses, students and professionals working from home.
“Labor believes Australians deserve a first-rate NBN that delivers the speeds and reliability the economy needs to reach its full potential.”
“An analysis of the NBNCo supplied data indicates that whilst the average fibre household is experiencing around 0.4 hours of network downtime per year, an average HFC household experiences 21.8 hours of downtime — that is almost fifty times more,” Rowland says.
“In Bennelong alone, this could mean an additional 1 million hours of lost internet and phone connectivity per year for the expected 50,000 premises that will be served by HFC.”
According to Rowland the Senate requested updated reliability data from NBNCo 40 days ago, but says this is yet to be provided against the due date of 8 December.
Source: Analysis of Question on Notice (QON) 347, Communications and Environment Committee, Budget Estimates 2017