Residential users of the NBN could be forced to use extreme measures if they wish to access a new service.
Key points:NBN Co says the rollout of the new fibre to the node network is expected to take at least two yearsThe network is to be built at a cost of $9.8 billionThe Government says the costs are to be borne by households and businessesThe National Broadband Network (NBN) will be the backbone of the national broadband network and be installed on an existing copper network.
It will include a 3G/4G network, which will be rolled out in 2018.NBNCo said it would provide the fibre to a node network (FTP) in 2019 and that the rollout was expected to last at least a two-year period.
But the rollout will be subject to significant changes, particularly around the cost of the network.
Nathan Wilson, CEO of the Australian Broadband Industry Association (ABIA), said it was possible the Government could cancel the rollout without the cost to households and business.
“The rollout is expected be two years.
The rollout has to be funded, but I don’t think it is going to be completely cancelled,” he said.”
If the Government cancels the rollout it will be quite a costly cancellation.”
The Government is now preparing to announce the details of the rollout in an NBN Co report due to be released this week.
Mr Wilson said the Government had made a “fantastic start” but the rollout would have to be completed quickly if the NBN was to be “re-branded” to the NBN Co name.
“We have been in contact with NBN Co, they have indicated that the fibre rollout is going ahead,” he told the ABC.
“They have indicated to us that there will be a period of time where there is a lot of discussion about what is the best way forward for the NBN.”
Mr Wilson believes the Government is looking to cut costs and reduce the impact on consumers.
“I think that’s the issue,” he explained.
“What is NBN Co trying to achieve with the NBN rollout is a really significant cost reduction and a reduction in the impact that they’re having on consumers.”
Mr Nelson said he hoped the Government would “keep the conversation going” on the cost, but added there would be a “significant reduction” in the network’s impact on Australian businesses.
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