Malcom Turnbull speaks on NBN Co strategic review

Mr. Turnbull, Communications Minister for the LNP government, is now speaking in question time on the review conducted by NBN Co on the LNP’s NBN model and costs and timings of the plan.

The review shows a cost blowout of over $11b but Mr. Turnbull still praises his model of FTTN.

He is speaking about who is involved and passing thanks.

Vodafone’s CEO Bill Morrow is to become the new NBN boss (becuase they have been so great at rolling out a network).

The review shows the LNP’s plan will be more expensive and will take longer than the promised 2016 date (yet another broken promise).

More here

and more updates here

More details are emerging but you can hear it directly yourself here.

The NBN Show continues in the Senate Estimates Committee

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.

More NBN news with Mr. Turnbull wanting to find areas in need first

Malcom Turnbull has told Meet the Press that he wants to target areas that are suffering from bad internet connections as first targets for roll out of NBN connections.

The goal – the – our policy is very clear. We have got a survey underway to identify those parts of Australia that have the worst broadband – you know, where the need for upgrades is greatest. And they will be prioritised. We’re also – the NBN will also focus on rolling out upgraded services to areas where there is the greatest demand – you know, business, industrial parks, business areas – where you can actually generate some early revenue.

You know, this is – the NBN Co has to start being operated – and this is happening now, with the changes we’ve made – like a rational business, that seeks to do its job as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.

 

He has also defended the cut to numbers of homes ready to be build or in progress.

Well, those householders were victims of Labor’s lies and spin about broadband. Labor invented all sorts of misleading metrics. Now, they had a metric which said that construction had commenced at the point plans were called for. So if I said to you, “I’ve started constructing my house,” you’d think there were actually builders on the site. This is the equivalent of saying you had started construction on a new house, from the moment you called your architect and asked her to do a sketch plan.

So I’ll give you an example. There was one area – about 3,000 premises in Prospect, in South Australia, in Kate Ellis’s electorate, in fact – where they said construction had commenced in April 2012. Well, it’s now November 2013. Nothing has happened. Nothing has happened. Not even the designs have been finalised. So what we wanted to do, and what we will do, with the NBN is tell people the truth. We will build the NBN – we’ll construct it. Those – everyone will get access to the NBN. But I don’t want to have premises and areas on a map being promised a service when there is no – when we simply don’t know when it can be delivered.

So, this – the whole culture at the NBN is changing. This is no longer about spin. It’s about fact. So we are stating where building work has actually commenced – where work is really being done. We’re speaking English, instead of Labor spin.

 

Malcolm Turnbull Wants To Find The Worst Broadband Areas In Australia | Gizmodo Australia.

Telstra sues NBN Co!

In a spectacular move by Telstra, the telco has filed with the NSW Supreme Court over the timing of payment from NBN Co to Telstra regarding pit access over the $11.2b AU deal stuck over the course of two years.

Telstra claims the payment should be made from the 2011 date when the two started talks for the deal, but NBN Co beleives it should pay the fees from the contract date in 2012.

Telstra is filing for $100M AU against NBN Co.

Tesltra say the timing has nothing to do with the renegotiation of the deal regarding a change from Labors Fibre-to-the-Home to LNPs Fibre-to-the-Node model however, this seems suspiciously timed.

via Telstra takes legal action against NBN Co.

NBN Co makes sweeping changes to site and delivery dates

In yet another hypocritical move by the LNP government, changes have been made to NBN Co’s delivery date and transparency on those dates.
IT News tells us that half a million ready for service connections are now in jeopardy.
Among the changes NBN Co have removed the monthly ready for service spreadsheets, now only available on a sales portal which seems,to contradict Mr. Turnbulls claim of allowing more transparency.
ITNews says “iTnews’ analysis of the new dataset shows an additional 509,250 premises in 256 fibre serving area modules (FSAMs) where a future with fibre-to-the-home is far less guaranteed.

These are rollout areas and premises that until now had been given a date on when to expect fibre-to-the-home connections that are ready to carry retail internet services. As of late last night, the ready for service date has been switched to “TBA”.”
This government was and is so quick to call out the supposed inefficiencies of others but does not shed itself in a good light with this kind of shady behavior.
More on this latest development can be found here.

A petition by the Australian Labor PArty can be signed here

The Liberals want to bring back the Internet Filter

According to The Australian, the Attourney-General’s office has sent out letters to Australa’s top ISP and Telco providers. The letters alegedly ask for a roundtable on piracy matters and how to resolve the ongoing distribution of copywrited materials.

Is this yet another backflip from our new Liberal Governement who have been so outspoken on their opinion of the NetFilter as demonstrated by Gizmodo