news The Coalition’s controversial Multi-Technology Mix approach to the NBN has taken another body blow, with a fresh set of leaked documents from inside the NBN company reportedly showing that its Fibre to the Node rollout is comprehensively missing its targets.
This morning the Financial Review published two key documents from inside the NBN company. The first is the NBN company’s Integrated Deployment Plan. This document — versions of which have been seen by Delimiter — represents a comprehensive view of the NBN company’s construction activities and forecasts.
The second document is the NBN company’s regular ‘Ready for Service’ update, which the NBN company sends to retail ISPs so they know where their customers can buy NBN services, and when.
According to analysis conducted by the Financial Review (we recommend you click here for the full article), the documents show that “all 40 FTTN areas have been delayed”, with “none” being ready for service by last Friday as planned.
The documents are the second set of major leaks showing that the NBN company’s FTTN rollout is substantially delayed.
In early March, Delimiter and a number of other media outlets published internal NBN documents in which the company’s chief network engineer explicitly stated that its FTTN rollout was categorically behind track, with much of the issue being problems getting electric power to the neighbourhood ‘nodes’ required for the rollout model.
At the time, Communications Minister Mitch Fifield repeatedly refused to acknowledge the legitimacy of evidence contained in leaked internal documentation.
In addition, NBN chief executive Bill Morrow also poured cold water on the leaks.
In testimony to the Senate Select Committee on the NBN in mid-February, Morrow said that the NBN company had in the month prior to that date averaged over 35,000 FTTN premises deployed. The company only needs to deploy some 23,000 per week, which Morrow said showed that the company was actually ahead of its targets.
At the time, Morrow acknowledged there had been “sub-optimal processes” during some of the early FTTN rollout, but that bottleneck had since been resolved, and in any case the delays would not have held up the whole FTTN rollout as they were only in one part of the FTTN build zone, and represented only one step out of 14 needed to get a FTTN deployed to a premise.
“The metrics under each [step] have thresholds higher than what is needed to meet the corporate plan. We do this to allow for any unexpected challenges, as is prudent in a newly established process. This contingency management is something that any large project management organisation will do and is exactly what was happening here,” said Morrow at the time.
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