blog It’s now been three and a half years since then-Communications Minister Stephen Conroy promised Australians that NBN Co would eventually deliver 1Gbps broadband speeds through the Labor’s all-singing, all-dancing, all-fibre National Broadband Network, and eight months since NBN Co promised it would be here by the end of 2013. Well, the rollout of the NBN may have made very little progress in that time, but the 1Gbps speeds are still coming. At least, that’s what NBN Co is promising. We’re not quite sure how much weight to give such promises at this stage. The Sydney Morning Herald tells us (we recommend you click here for the full article):
“An NBN Co spokesman confirmed on Friday the service “will be made available to retail service providers by the end of the year”, but that it was up to retail service providers to decide whether they would sell it to customers.”
It’ll be interesting to see if anyone actually bothers to launch these speeds in the retail environment. Let’s hope so. Otherwise, how would we be able to test the claim by current Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull that a 1Gbps retail service would cost as much as $20,000 per month? And that claim does need to be tested. Then we can write another article about how Turnbull has refused to retract yet another sensational statement he’s made that turned out to be completely wrong. Do I sound bitter? Well, it has been a long year.