Aug 25, 2015

‘A big, risky project’: Turnbull says NBN cost will be settled soon

How much will the NBN actually cost? That is the multibillion-dollar question, and Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull tells Crikey we should have an answer soon.

Josh Taylor — Journalist

Josh Taylor


How much will it actually cost to connect Australian households to the National Broadband Network? Estimates have varied wildly, but Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull tells Crikey we should have a pretty good answer to that question in a few weeks.


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12 thoughts on “‘A big, risky project’: Turnbull says NBN cost will be settled soon

  1. paddy

    Perhaps Tony Abbott’s greatest political masterstroke, was to super glue Turnbull to the coalition’s appalling trainwreck NBN. We’ll be cursing them for decades to come.

  2. zut alors

    Agree with Paddy. This is an extremely rare example of Abbott’s judgement being sharp.

  3. Chris Hartwell

    Calling internally nothing – FTTP is the real NBN. It’s scaleable. It’s future-proofed. It has lower energy requirements. It has higher reliability. It is, in every conceivable way, superior to the half-baked offering the LNP has proposed.

    It could have ensured that as we transition from a mining-driven economy to a service-based one, we could actually compete with other countries. Too late now.

  4. Wayne Cusick

    “It’s a big, risky project. Which is why the government shouldn’t have done it in the first place. But it is too late to cry over that.”

    I suppose the government should never have built the original telecommunications system in Australia?

    I very much doubt that any telco would have built a high speed network that covers as much of the country as the NBN is to do. They would end up with bits and pieces of networks in parts of Sydney and Melbourne, maybe Brisbane and Perth, but not much anywhere else.

    The big mistake was privatising Telstra as a whole. It should have been separated into retail and infrastructure, the former d sold off and the latter retained in government hands.

  5. drsmithy

    The Liberals: delivering yesterday, tomorrow.

  6. Dogs breakfast

    Well put drsmithy.

    There is bugger all risk in FTTP for a government. It’s called infrastructure. We seem to be happy to spend billions building roads that will return negative investments. FTTP will actually make money, and the potential for ‘productivity’ gains is blue sky. FTTN is a half finished job relying on old copper wires.

    This is exactly what a government should be doing, and companies cannot. Half-baked, half done, half job.

  7. AR

    In darkest central NSW, we have had Telstra door-to-ddor spruikers, mailouts from Optus and Southern all proclaiming the coming NBN – unfortunately it involves a tower..somewhere.. and NO guarantee of speed, connectivity or performance.
    Thanks Bullturd.

  8. AR

    BTW, has anyone considered the scrap value of all that copper? Gotta be worth something, certainly more than using it for broadband.

  9. Dean Tregenza

    Wayne Cusick (4) is correct on all counts.

    Basically Turnbull (with Abbott’s destructive form of politics) has completely screwed the potential that the NBN could have been. Ultimately get the FTTP (FTTH) is now going to cost more – not just in direct costs but in the lost opportunity.

    What’s worse is that this issue is just a small part of the garbage that this Abbott government has dumped on the world.

  10. ken svay

    Turnbull looked very uncomfortable last night trying to explain where it has all gone awry.
    The half baked NBN along with the concentration camps are the Liberals lasting legacy.Viva the infrastructure PM and his minion Turnbull.

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