NBN Co business case summary: Available now from your local dealer (that’s us)


As per Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s pledge this afternoon, the Office of Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has sent us a copy of NBN Co’s business case. We’re still digesting what it all means, but in the meantime, you can download it here in all it’s 1.08MB PDF glory.


  1. Well, that was a fine waste of time.

    I’m a supporter of the NBN and I’ve spent a lot of time arguing for it at the various community and business events I speak at, but this is just stupid.

    C’mon Gillard and Conroy, stop treating us like idiots and show us where these numbers comes from.

  2. Key points:
    1. the technology will be 93% fibre, 4% wireless, and 3% satellite (section 3.1)
    2. wholesale cost will be equal across the country (6.3)
    3. prices will be about the same as they are now for equivalent service (6.3.1)
    4. it is expected to cost a little bit less than previously announced (6.4 – $35.7 billion total capital expenditure)
    5. the government will still be chipping in $27.1 billion (6.7)
    6. the government should be paid back by 2034 (6.7)

    1. interesting – wonder if the wireless will be WiMAX, LTE, or something else
    2. interesting – separate discussion?
    3. sounds good, but how did they compare when there is no comparable service currently available?
    4. cool, but not really that important in the debate about government spending
    5. this component has not come down
    6. probably the most important claim, to a non-economist like me, that makes it sound like a good idea (if true)

  3. “show us where these numbers comes from”

    Indeed. Without knowing where the numbers come from, it’s hard to make an informed judgement.

    But at least in 2034, we’ll know how close they were. ;-)

  4. The business plan is the most important step in any start up project, how could the senate allow a 43 billion dollar business with no idea of the plan. Is the senate just rubber stamping and therefore making itself irrelevant in todays political structure.

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