blog The issue of how the National Broadband Network should be rolled out is an extremely fraught and highly debated one. But one thing has become very clear over the past several years: The rollout has not progressed as fast as Labor said it would; in fact, far from it. One reason for this may be that the organisation with the most expertise in rolling out telco networks hasn’t participated in the construction effort, unlike in virtually every other country in the world. As I write on Delimiter 2.0 (subscriber content) this morning, if we want this rollout to happen, it is definitely time to turn back to Telstra to get this thing done. Here’s a paragraph from behind the paywall:
“Doing a deal with Telstra can often seem, according to people who have done so, like sitting down to dinner with the devil. But in this case, when it comes to the telco being contracted to conduct much of NBN Co’s network construction work, it’s starting to seem more and more like a match made in heaven.”
Without going into the specific arguments I make in the article, I think Australia hasn’t debated Telstra’s potential involvement in the construction of the NBN enough. It’s time we started talking about this again. Rolling out network infrastructure is Telstra’s speciality, and it is certainly more qualified to upgrade its own copper network to fibre than any other company in Australia. Both sides of politics need to start thinking about this again, fairly seriously.
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