blog Some of you may recall that then-Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull was fond of using the word “heroic” with reference to the NBN company’s rollout targets and revenue assumptions under the previous Labor Government, indicating that he did not believe they were realistic. With this in mind, we were surprised this week to read in the pages of the Financial Review that the NBN company’s chair Ziggy Switkowski has chosen the same word to apply to the NBN’s rollout plans for the next five years. The newspaper reports (we recommend you click here for the full article):
“… speaking to The Australian Financial Review before the announcement of the three-year plan, Mr Switkowski said “the year ahead” would be about “achieving a level – whether it is footprint or activation or whatever – that is compatible with completing this project by 2020, which I must say is still an heroic outcome when you think of where we are today”.”
I don’t have enough detailed knowledge at this point to say whether the NBN company is likely to meet its 2020 targets. However, I must say that I consider it a little extraordinary that the chair of the project appears to be completely unaware of the irony of using this term with respect to this project. I do wonder whether I will be referring to this article in future years with relevance to the progress of the NBN rollout.