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  • Blog, Telecommunications - Written by on Thursday, March 7, 2013 12:54 - 13 Comments

    Vodafone CEO backs Quigley NBN study

    blog Remember how NBN Co chief executive Mike Quigley gave a major speech several weeks ago backing the idea that telco industry group the Communications Alliance could conduct a study into the merits of the various different broadband models being proposed for Australia’s future? Remember how the idea was roundly rejected by the Coalition and various telcos such as Optus? Well not everyone things this way. Vodafone chief executive Bill Morrow in Communications Day this week on the idea:

    “NBN Co’s recent calls for an industry discussion on how we optimise the opportunities of the NBN should not be controversial. There will always be ongoing discussions about how we meet the telecommunications needs of Australia. Provided these discussions are done transparently and collaboratively they should be encouraged.”

    I strongly agree. How could it possibly be bad to have more analysis, more examination of the potential paths towards Australia’s broadband future? More information is never a bad thing — I think history shows us that ignorance and misinformation is usually the real plague on society. Let’s hope the Communications Alliance consents to working on this. It could prove to be a valuable resource for the whole sector.

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    1. Daniel
      Posted 07/03/2013 at 1:01 pm | Permalink |

      Again can anyone tell me why we need a study?

      Tony Abbott just lied to the public about it costing 3x as much? Shouldn’t we be focusing on these issues rather than the study?


      Both You, sortius, theregister have done the work that is required…

      • Frank
        Posted 07/03/2013 at 1:17 pm | Permalink |

        “Again can anyone tell me why we need a study?”

        Because it will show (again) that FTTN is not the right solution for Australia.

        • NBNAlex
          Posted 09/03/2013 at 10:50 am | Permalink |

          I think that’s Quigley’s intention ;)

    2. stephen hall
      Posted 07/03/2013 at 1:22 pm | Permalink |

      “How could it possibly be bad to have more analysis, more examination of the potential paths towards Australia’s broadband future? More information is never a bad thing”

      You may be right in this case but all too often more studies are just a way of avoiding a decision. How many studies have we had into Sydney’s 2nd airport?

      • AJ
        Posted 07/03/2013 at 1:36 pm | Permalink |

        They will not stop rolling out the NBN to do this

        • Bern
          Posted 07/03/2013 at 1:48 pm | Permalink |

          The Noalition would… Especially as their version would be arranged to give the answers they want politically.

    3. Brendan
      Posted 07/03/2013 at 5:46 pm | Permalink |

      The report would put to bed, once and for-all the FTTN “is better than” FTTH notion. Turnbull doesn’t want a report he cannot self-engineer; he already knows the outcome. Hence his outright rejection.

      Quigley has suggested it, for that very reason. He already knows the outcome too.

      • NBNAccuracy
        Posted 07/03/2013 at 7:36 pm | Permalink |

        It’s not which is the better technology. I don’t think even Turnbull is suggesting it is. What the issue to be decided is which is the best and most economical way foward. Saying FTTN is cheaper just doesn’t cut it. Ignoring what it will cost to upgrade and when it will need that upgrade is the bit Turnbull will avoid like the plague or pull numbers out of his butt. It’s what happens after FTTN that is it’s achilles heel. Hay, maybe having to buy copper will even make it uneconomical now. But without address all the issues and calling supporters zealots and journalists biased they should be answered. Sticking fingers in the ears and going lalala doesn’t solve problems.

    4. Abel Adamski
      Posted 07/03/2013 at 11:03 pm | Permalink |


      In MSM highlighting the very poor state of the customer end copper infrastructure which has been well known and discussed in tech circles, now the discussion is beginning in the MSM highlighting the foolishness of a FTTN solution using Telstra’s intentionally run down network.

      The plot thickens with non techo’s asking questions

    5. alain
      Posted 08/03/2013 at 8:31 am | Permalink |

      There is no need to for the Communications Alliance to spend money on such a study I can tell you what the result will be.

      Keep the current FTTH NBN rollout going financed by Government debt and all risk backed by the Government.

      • NBNAlex
        Posted 08/03/2013 at 8:43 am | Permalink |

        Great, seems we all agree that this is the best path then :)

        • alain
          Posted 08/03/2013 at 10:00 am | Permalink |

          What else would they say, we will build it?

          • NBNAlex
            Posted 08/03/2013 at 5:00 pm | Permalink |

            No of course they won’t build it… no one will… hence the fact that we are now in the position we are… you do remember the RFPs, Telstra’s non-compliant bid and understand this most basic of facts don’t you?

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