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30% to abandon NBN for wireless: ALP report claim

A new ACCC co-funded survey has been cited by the Australian Labor Party as showing that 30% of households could abandon the NBN and switch to wireless broadband. The number stands in in stark contrast to NBN Co projections.

A survey by Venture Insights came to this conclusion. (The full survey costs a packet and is not available to link to.)

Labor's communications spokesperson Michelle Rowland said this contrasted with the 2018 corporate plan issued by the NBN Co, where the assumption had been made that only 15% would use wireless between now and 2040.

"This is despite a 15% substitution rate right now, with a second-rate network that will become increasingly exposed to competition over the next five years," she said.

"The tragedy is Turnbull has built an inferior NBN that is exposing taxpayers to risks he has spent over four years trying to deny:

  • "The cost of the multi-technology mix rollout has increased from $29.5 billion to $49 billion;
  • "It is more exposed to wireless competition;
  • "It costs more to maintain over its lifetime;
  • "It delivers slower speeds;
  • "It delivers a less reliable service;
  • "Consumer complaints have hit record highs;
  • "It will require expensive and wasteful upgrades that could have been avoided;
  • "It generates less revenue from those willing to pay for higher speeds – but the network can’t deliver."


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Sam Varghese

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A professional journalist with decades of experience, Sam for nine years used DOS and then Windows, which led him to start experimenting with GNU/Linux in 1998. Since then he has written widely about the use of both free and open source software, and the people behind the code. His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.