Re 2018 Regional Telecommunications Review…
A great read, well written and presented. Excellent photos. Four women, two blokes and not a divisive word between them.
Oh, and a very critical report on the NBN deliverables to regional, rurual and remote Australia. From the summary by the committee:
The committee is strongly of the view that there are compelling factors for significant additional capital investment in telecommunications infrastructure to maximise the economic opportunities and economy-wide benefits that are available for the people in regional, rural and remote Australia.
The timing for this new investment is right now, we shouldn’t just wait for the next technology ‘silver bullet’ to come along. If we do nothing in the short-term then the current inequities faced by many regional, rural and remote Australians will simply get worse. The committee is of the view that there is little to no free market drivers to stimulate the change required in the telecommunications industry’s capital focus.
There are several references to the NBN rollout being 96% complete to regional Australian areas. This is more accurately 96% of customers either able to connect or being in areas where the NBN Co has “construction underway”. There is no break out of the data behind this assertion, although the weekly NBN Co status updates suggests the Fixed Wireless network is the main area where delivery is incomplete.
The report is notably critical of the lack of performance of both the NBN satellite and FW services noting that customers of these services are not being treated equal to those of the fixed line services.
_There is a significant disconnect between what NBN Co is saying about the performance of the Sky Muster service at the network level, compared to the lived experience of many users. NBN Co acknowledges early teething problems with the Sky Muster service, but states that it has now stabilised and is working to international best practice benchmarks (NBN Co submission, p. 4). …
_Consumers on the fixed-wireless network experience similar issues. The committee has heard from a number of people that the speeds consumers are receiving on the fixed-wireless network are not the speeds they were promised and are paying for.