Coalition announces its broadband plan for Australia

The Liberal-National coalition party has announced its scaled-down version of the $43 billion broadband plan, NBN. The Labor run plan would enable a national fiber-optic network by 2017 that everyone could use; that is if they are voted into power on August 21.

Liberals argue, that the planned network (that would reach 93% of Australians) is far too expensive and that their alternative network is all Australians need. Such a change to the current Australian strategy would be the end of the government's deal to offer Telstra Corporation $11 billion for the existing fixed-line copper network to be upgraded into the proposed broadband network.

The alternative to this network, offered by the coalition, is going to cost $2.75 billion to help fund construction of the network and would expect to gather another $750 million in funding from the industry. The Coalition would form a $6.32 billion outlay to be provided over 7 years, this includes $1 billion that is necessary for upgrading the much slower existing network.

"Together, these components will ensure that 97% of the population has a base line minimum 12 megabits per second service peak speed," coalition communications spokesman Tony Smith said.

Mr. Smith said that the 100 megabits per second network would be available to some homes. "Today we are seeing higher speeds over the HFC [hybrid fiber coaxial] cable, which is capable of delivering 100 megabits per second, that passes 2.5 million Australian homes," Mr. Smith said.

The coalition said that it would spend $1 billion for wireless networks in both rural and metropolitan areas of Australia. As well as a further $700 million for a satellite broadband network for the 3% who can’t access the new network. A National Broadband Commission would be set up to implement the plan.

"Instead of creating a new inefficient government-run monopoly, the coalition's plan will stimulate a vibrant, private sector-based broadband market with government involved to encourage competition and ensure services reach all Australians," Mr. Smith and finance spokesman Andrew Robb said in a policy statement.

The coalition has no plans for backing the Labor run plan, even though the NBN Chief Executive, Mike Quigley stated in June that the Telstra deal would mean that the network would cost less to build than the previous estimate. He never stated by how much only saying that it would be in-between $43-$27 billion.

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Labor do not have the vote to get the filter in and will no time soon. My question is how old are you I have to travel for work a lot and having fast internet makes a different I can get more done when on the road. This will make jobs, the building and the running also the areas it opens up you talk about shops closing people out of work, if the government did nothing shops will still be closing there is not fix right now however this plan will help in the long run. I agree that the cost could become a problem but any building project can even private. This give Australia move area to move into and the move area you can make jobs in the more people you can having work paying tax, helping pay the running cost of the country. I am not happy with any of the party this time around. But I think the liberal are wrong here like they were with Telstra to start with. It was the Liberals who sold it off without thinking what that would do to the telecommunication market. When the government own Telstra we had the best telecommunication network in the world now we don't and it going to cost us billion to get even close

Hahaha, i am in the tabelands of north queensland and 1.5Mb is fine. What the hell do we need more for right now. I am seeing small businesses closing left right and centre, yet apparently labors huge deficit has kept us out of recession. This is the biggest load of crap. Also lets weigh up the options, faster filtered internet for australia causing the biggest deficit in our history and possibly unpayable, slower internet possibly a new surplus and tax cuts after a horrible long recession. Hmmmm, i would say right now lets get no filtering like a communist dictatorship dreams of and lets have small business prosper in this country.

Iridium said,
Hahaha, i am in the tabelands of north queensland and 1.5Mb is fine. What the hell do we need more for right now. I am seeing small businesses closing left right and centre, yet apparently labors huge deficit has kept us out of recession. This is the biggest load of crap. Also lets weigh up the options, faster filtered internet for australia causing the biggest deficit in our history and possibly unpayable, slower internet possibly a new surplus and tax cuts after a horrible long recession. Hmmmm, i would say right now lets get no filtering like a communist dictatorship dreams of and lets have small business prosper in this country.

Truer words never spoken my friend, even the thought of filtered internet makes me angry

Osiris said,
Sounds good, better than than the communist left's plans.

lol wtf? Can people stop using the word communist if they don't fully understand what communisim is? Labor is far from Communist and I would even say far from being leftist, if anything they've become increasingly more conservative of late.


Anyway, I think Labor's plan is better than the Liberal's, frankly I don't think the Liberals really understand just how important this particular type of infrastructure is. Conroy is absolutely a complete and utter douche but don't hate the NBN just because you hate Conroy.

The problem with the Coalition's plan is it depends on the private sector building the network. They've had since the invention of the telephone to provide adequate services to the country and just aren't.
The private sector isn't going to provide sufficient broadband (minimum 12MBps) to the country, and they still won't under the Coalition plan.
If the Coalition does build their network it will still be behind the rest of the world. The Labor plan looks at the long term needs of Australia. It'll be better to get the cost of laying fibre out now than waiting until some incumbent finally decides they can reap (aka rip a new a**e hole from customers) enough profit from customers.
We've all seen how much investment Hel$tra has put into any network in Australia. Don't let it happen again by voting Coalition!

Vote Greens

Moustacha said,
The problem with the Coalition's plan is it depends on the private sector building the network. They've had since the invention of the telephone to provide adequate services to the country and just aren't.
The private sector isn't going to provide sufficient broadband (minimum 12MBps) to the country, and they still won't under the Coalition plan.
If the Coalition does build their network it will still be behind the rest of the world. The Labor plan looks at the long term needs of Australia. It'll be better to get the cost of laying fibre out now than waiting until some incumbent finally decides they can reap (aka rip a new a**e hole from customers) enough profit from customers.
We've all seen how much investment Hel$tra has put into any network in Australia. Don't let it happen again by voting Coalition!

Vote Greens

Well said

Moustacha said,
The problem with the Coalition's plan is it depends on the private sector building the network. They've had since the invention of the telephone to provide adequate services to the country and just aren't.
The private sector isn't going to provide sufficient broadband (minimum 12MBps) to the country, and they still won't under the Coalition plan.
If the Coalition does build their network it will still be behind the rest of the world. The Labor plan looks at the long term needs of Australia. It'll be better to get the cost of laying fibre out now than waiting until some incumbent finally decides they can reap (aka rip a new a**e hole from customers) enough profit from customers.
We've all seen how much investment Hel$tra has put into any network in Australia. Don't let it happen again by voting Coalition!

Vote Greens

Yea, because government provided services work so great /s.

typical, we have a big ass underground fibre cable running right passed our back yard providing a link between brisbane and sydney. its only going to waste as it goes through about 8 towns that i can think of and not one of them is accessing it. obviously i live in the country so i know what its like to have the big net companys go "yeah we will get there when we get there". but on the other hand, i know people that live in the city that still cant get adsl 2 because of the lines going into there homes that run under ground. so yeah, i think we really do need a infustructure overhaul. not just in the city but in the country also.
on a side note lol. if i get time tomorrow, ill go cut this fibre cable and show the city folk what it is like to have a slow bottlenecked connection. (not to be taken seriously).

Sounds good. Labor has screwed everything up so far anyways and that Stephen Conroy is a douche and a half, can't explain why we need a filter then babbles along about spam mail. Labor's $43 Billion network has said to have blown out to $64 odd so billion already. What should really be worked on is informing the public that if you pay for cheap internet, most of the time your speed is limited hence why many complain about slow speeds. We currently get 200gb ADSL2+ (Elite) for $69 with Telstra and I couldn't be happier. People need to stick to one telco rather than trying to find the cheapest deal on individual items. For rural areas, I think that wireless/satellite is far more practical rather than digging up the whole area. Basically, educate the public and there will be far less complaints about slow internet.

Billus said,
Sounds good. Labor has screwed everything up so far anyways and that Stephen Conroy is a douche and a half, can't explain why we need a filter then babbles along about spam mail. Labor's $43 Billion network has said to have blown out to $64 odd so billion already. What should really be worked on is informing the public that if you pay for cheap internet, most of the time your speed is limited hence why many complain about slow speeds. We currently get 200gb ADSL2+ (Elite) for $69 with Telstra and I couldn't be happier. People need to stick to one telco rather than trying to find the cheapest deal on individual items. For rural areas, I think that wireless/satellite is far more practical rather than digging up the whole area. Basically, educate the public and there will be far less complaints about slow internet.

What? This is about making sure that Australia has a network that can last another 30 years, at the moment its ridiculous. Only 2 providers can sell cable internet, and I believe both have stopped laying new cables (and they're only in Brisbane / Sydney / Melbourne anyway) ? So everyone else has to rely on ADSL, as an example, one of my friends lives in the middle of Adelaide but can only get ADSL1 at terrible speeds. I think there was an article on Whirlpool a month ago about an area somewhere where an entire neighbourhood (about 1000 peeps I think?) was stuck on dial up speed ADSL because they were on a RIM, and it was overloaded, and Telstra hadn't bothered fixing it in years.

With the future of HD video and cable tv being streamed directly over the internet to homes, ADSL isn't going to cut it. Fibre is the future, so why keep wasting money on something thats going to have to be replaced eventually anyway? We all know none of the ISP's can afford to build a FTTH network in Australia. And Wireless / Satellite is being used for rural areas, thats part of Labor's plan, but major towns in rural areas are getting fibre as well, which is a good thing.

And last I'd heard price wise, it was $33 billion, but who knows, they're not talking much about it, and I think thats before Telstra agreed to give them access to their network (you'd think it'd make things cheaper?). And I'm pretty sure the filter is dead, the Greens won't vote for it, Liberals won't vote for it.

Just because you have excellent internet on ADSL doesn't mean everyone else in Australia has.

Billus said,
Sounds good. Labor has screwed everything up so far anyways and that Stephen Conroy is a douche and a half, can't explain why we need a filter then babbles along about spam mail. Labor's $43 Billion network has said to have blown out to $64 odd so billion already. What should really be worked on is informing the public that if you pay for cheap internet, most of the time your speed is limited hence why many complain about slow speeds. We currently get 200gb ADSL2+ (Elite) for $69 with Telstra and I couldn't be happier. People need to stick to one telco rather than trying to find the cheapest deal on individual items. For rural areas, I think that wireless/satellite is far more practical rather than digging up the whole area. Basically, educate the public and there will be far less complaints about slow internet.

This sums it up right here. Conroy is douche, and Labor is spending unnecessarily on the fibre to every home plan. While it is good in theory, spending $63 billion for it is not warranted. Liberal has the right idea too, However, as Kratzie says, I do think that the country needs a more 'wired' connection to the backbones of our internet.

The cities are all pretty good when it comes to speeds, but the country, from experience, even on satellite, its horrendously slow. If it was up to me, id get the country sorted first, then come out and fix the cities.

Anarkii said,

This sums it up right here. Conroy is douche, and Labor is spending unnecessarily on the fibre to every home plan. While it is good in theory, spending $63 billion for it is not warranted. Liberal has the right idea too, However, as Kratzie says, I do think that the country needs a more 'wired' connection to the backbones of our internet.

The cities are all pretty good when it comes to speeds, but the country, from experience, even on satellite, its horrendously slow. If it was up to me, id get the country sorted first, then come out and fix the cities.

I live in the country Near Emerald\Vic I pay $100 Per month For ADSL 1/8Megabits-sec/30Gig......It would be nice If they fixed us up 1st!!!...But it won't happen!!!

DoMn8oR said,
I live in the country Near Emerald\Vic I pay $100 Per month For ADSL 1/8Megabits-sec/30Gig......It would be nice If they fixed us up 1st!!!...But it won't happen!!!

Yep thats my point. Country is horrible when it comes to the internet. Cities are decent, far from great, but decent.

I'd perfer you guys get the much needed upgrade THEN work on the cities.

Anarkii said,

Yep thats my point. Country is horrible when it comes to the internet. Cities are decent, far from great, but decent.

I'd perfer you guys get the much needed upgrade THEN work on the cities.

Sorry mate I totally agree with ya!!!(that was my point 2).....We get ripped-off out here!!!... I pay for 8000Kbps and only connect at 3567Kbps. But like i said it aint going to happen!!!!....They..well i think will do HI-Class aera's first or at least inner city area's first!!! Even if they upgraded my exchacge to ADSL +2...and a cheap rate i be happy!!!

Billus said,
I think that wireless/satellite is far more practical rather than digging up the whole area. Basically, educate the public and there will be far less complaints about slow internet.

Try living off 6gb for 50 dolla k

Snowl said,

Try living off 6gb for 50 dolla k

I wasn't saying that they should be paying what they're paying now. The government should invest in these technologies, that was basically the point I was trying to make. Digging up the whole farm just to put in a cable that only a handful will use isn't cheap either, they will have to pass on the cost to those who use/access the service.

Billus said,
Sounds good. Labor has screwed everything up so far anyways and that Stephen Conroy is a douche and a half, can't explain why we need a filter then babbles along about spam mail. Labor's $43 Billion network has said to have blown out to $64 odd so billion already. What should really be worked on is informing the public that if you pay for cheap internet, most of the time your speed is limited hence why many complain about slow speeds. We currently get 200gb ADSL2+ (Elite) for $69 with Telstra and I couldn't be happier. People need to stick to one telco rather than trying to find the cheapest deal on individual items. For rural areas, I think that wireless/satellite is far more practical rather than digging up the whole area. Basically, educate the public and there will be far less complaints about slow internet.

I'm not too sure where you are getting your information from but it is not correct. The current plan is under budget and performing better than expected in the initial deployments. All IT organisations are noting that the Liberal plan will be outdated before it is completed. Where is the so called $63 billion figure from???? is it made up. If the Liberals get elected they will roll back the existing infrastructuren that has already been invested in.. what is the point of that??? Putting so many remote people on satelite is ineffective, that is not a good idea. Satelite.. even the new ones do not have the capacity to deliver what will be needed in the future and who is going to pay for new satelites. The Liberal/coalition are already being questioned about the inadequacies of their plan by many industry leaders and they have no answers!!!! The reason Asutralia is so far behind in internet is because of the Liberals/coalition already, they were the ones privatised Telstra the wrong way in the first place.