Jan 20, 2014

Could Telstra and Optus dominate the NBN? iiNet snub a spanner

ISP iiNet has refused to sign up to NBN Co's wholesale agreement. Is this a major stumbling block, or a chance for Telstra and Optus to earn big?

Myriam Robin — Media Reporter

Myriam Robin

Media Reporter

The nation’s largest supplier of National Broadband network services and third-largest broadband provider, iiNet, has refused to sign NBN Co’s wholesale broadband agreement. But telecommunications analysts say the whole rollout is under a cloud of confusion, and a new agreement may be on the way regardless.

On Friday, iiNet’s chief regulatory officer, Steve Dalby, told The Australian that given iiNet would be liable for customer compensation if NBN Co does not connect users on time, and the NBN had delivered less than 80% of services on time, his company was not willing to take the risk of the agreement:

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