Senator Ludlam has a go at drawing information out of ex Telstra boss and now NBN Co chairman and interim CEO Ziggy Switkowski and struggles due to statements such as “this may breach commercial confidence” or “this is a ministerial issue to be address later” or even that “I’ve been outside of the telco industry for a number of years now”. It all sounds very light on in detail and wreaks of towing the party line.
Suggestions of not being able to estimate usage in 10 years time both for the negative and positive side are also mentioned with Ziggy asking what the significance of 1Gbit is with a response from the Senator of as significant if not more so than the change from dial-up to broadband.
Personally I do not expect anything else from the ex Telstra chief with how that network was rolled out and how technology innovations are handled within Telstra.
A great little dig towards then end from the Senator speaking of a cost benefit analysis and the fact that Dr. Switkowski has not been involved as yet “generally aware of, but not involved” he says (interesting that the chair and CEO of NBN Co is not involved don’t you think?). Senator Lundlam says “so you had no prior engagement or knowledge and were not involved in Professor Ergas’ involvement in those cost benefit analysis…..are you aware that professor Ergas is the only one that has conducted a cost benefit analysis of the NBN, he did it on his own time I understand. His results showed that you should not build it at all, a fascinating piece of work. Watch out for him!” he says.