The ACCC’s latest broadband performance report again shows that the Abbott/Turnbull/Morrison Government’s multi-technology mess approach to the National Broadband Network is fundamentally substandard because of its reliance on the failed fibre-to-the-node technology.
Western Australia has by far the largest share of this second-rate technology and therefore continues to be at the bottom of the broadband performance table, despite being the largest and most remote state.
The report shows that 1 in 5 customers with FTTN broadband are still not getting the speeds for which they have paid, which is a direct result of the Coalition government’s decision to base a 21st broadband network on 19th century telephone copper technology.
As I have argued in parliament, that’s like deciding to create an airline by sticking wings on your trains.
Having been lumped with the biggest share of the worst NBN technology WA have been dealt a permanent and widening disadvantage when it comes to the key digital infrastructure of the 21st Century.
Telstra’s move to exclude premises with FTTN from receiving its fast broadband service (100 mbp/s) is a harsh vote of no-confidence in the technology that serves 60% of WA households and businesses. Last week Vodaphone called for an urgent fix to the serious shortcomings of FTTN.
I have written to the Minister calling on the government to ensure there is a level playing field when it comes to NBN infrastructure for all states and territories. So far that has fallen on deaf ears – indeed the Minister doesn’t even acknowledge there is a problem. It’s time for all Western Australians to make clear that’s not good enough.
In regards to FTTN, the ACCC’s report shows:
- FTTN download speeds 8-10% below other tech and 1 in 5 customers with FTTN are not getting the speeds for which they have paid;
- FTTN has worst download/upload speeds;
- WA remains worst state with ~ 60 per cent FTTN (the other states are as follows: Queensland 39 per cent; New South Wales 34 per cent; Victoria 26 per cent). Not surprisingly, WA is at the bottom of the table when it comes to average speed of plan achieved.