Nov 28, 2018

Media Release – One Year on and NBN Rollout Leaves Grayndler Worse Off – Wednesday, 28 November, 2018

One year ago, the NBN HFC (Hybrid Fibre Coaxial) rollout was halted due to reliability and service issues. Australian consumers were advised the problems would delay their NBN access by between six and nine months.

Yet residents of the Inner West continue to have NBN access delayed due to the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison Government’s bungled rollout of the HFC network.

The Liberal’s track record on HFC technology is nothing short of abysmal:

Parts of the HFC network were abandoned in September 2016 when it was determined not fit for purpose.

The remainder of the NBN HFC rollout was halted on 27 November, 2017, due to ongoing reliability and dropout issues.

The rollout delays have delayed NBN access for households and businesses by between six to 18 months, and cost taxpayers at least $900 million.

While the cost of the Liberals’ HFC network has blown out by 60 per cent and billions of dollars, nations such as New Zealand, the US and the UK have reduced the cost of deploying Fibre to the Premises by between 40 to 50 per cent.

On every measure, the decision to abandon fibre and instead deploy HFC is costing more and delivering less.