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Featured, News, Telecommunications - Monday, May 6, 2013 9:49 - 38 Comments
news Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has dismissed the latest update to the rollout plans for Labor’s National Broadband Network project as a “fantasy”, pointing out that the initiative has been under way for four years but has failed to meet its targets and has only successfully rolled out infrastructure to a “miniscule” number of premises.
At an event in Western Sydney yesterday, Communications Minister Stephen Conroy announced an update to NBN Co’s rolling three-year deployment timetable, adding more than 1.35 million Australian premises to its plan for deploying fibre, wireless and satellite infrastructure throughout Australia. This brings to 4.85 million the number of premises that will have construction commenced or where services are scheduled to be ordered by June 2016.
Flanked by Labor MPs from the region, Conroy also officially switched on NBN fibre services in a small area in Blacktown. However, NBN Co’s fibre rollout so far covers only a small number of premises; the company recently disclosed that only about 70,000 premises had been passed by its fibre network as at the end of March this year. NBN Co was formed in April 2009 and has close to 2,000 staff, as well as billions of dollars of contracts with construction companies and network equipment manufacturers.
“Stephen Conroy has yet again distinguished himself with spin and bluster,” said Turnbull in response to the launch, in a doorstop interview in Sydney. “He’s claimed that he’s going to connect millions more households to the fibre network. This is all a fantasy. He’s living in some sort of fantasy world of hockey sticks, where month after month of snail-like progress is any moment just around the corner going to be followed by a rapid take-off.”
Turnbull said that the “facts” were that NBN Co would be lucky to meet 15 percent of its original target for 30 June this year. Continue…
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