Wednesday, October 11, 2017
1 Since Tony Abbott ordered its destruction, the NBN has been a controversial infrastructure build. Last week in reply to more criticism of the roll out and performance of the NBN the Prime Minister said that he was “keenly aware” of the problems confronting the NBN co.
Then, quite astonishingly he said that it was all about marketing and customer relationship problems and not about the technology. What a lot of hogwash. The majority of the complaints refer to the installation and the speed. That’s the technology, not marketing.
“NBN Co has got to improve the installation experience. That’s a people management, a process management issue. And they’re getting on top of that.”
“People are being told by the telecom retailers that they’re going to get speeds which are not being delivered at peak times. And we’ve got a number of changes to ensure that problem doesn’t continue”, Mr Turnbull said.
There is some truth in that but the initial problem is that we have built an internet service for today, and not tomorrow. The Prime Minister says that the rollout is the “fastest, biggest” in Australia’s history, and that NBN Co was “doing an extraordinary job”.
He went on to say that his decision to use a range of different technologies as opposed to the ALP’s fibre to the home technology meant that we have “fastest, biggest” rollout in Australia’s history. Well, putting aside the fact that there has only been one, the PM said the NBN was doing an extraordinary job. No problems then. He went on to say that:
“The vast majority of NBN’s customers are happy with it, but there are too many that are not, and I am determined to fix it.”
“Mitch Fitfield and I are not leaving this to bureaucrats. We are dealing with the management directly.”
So there are problems but nobody is talking about the future here. Labor’s “fibre to the home” would have addressed that issue but Turnbull’s recipe of mixed ingredients does not.
Mark Gregory, electronic and telecommunications associate professor at RMIT University says that we are in danger of a collapse at peak hour because of our love for internet streaming services.
It’s the growth factor, stupid. We are building a network that, in a few years, will not be able to handle the expected growth. Now any business looking to expand wold allow for growth in its business plan but not our NBN.
Fancy Australia’s internet being at risk of collapse because it is incapable of expansion. And it’s not just our love of streaming that will affect the networks capacity to handle the traffic. What about when our health services fully adapt to internet consultation, the population keeps growing and business demands more from the network during peak times?
“The latest ABS figures released last week demonstrated our ever-growing obsession with the internet. Total downloads in Australia between June 2016 and June 2017 grew by a massive 43 per cent to just shy of three million terabytes. This all comes as the total number of internet users grew by only 2.1 per cent, suggesting demand will continue to surge regardless of population growth.”
With the Government seemingly fixated with using existing copper wiring it will place hard limits on download speeds and with more users joining the network, speeds may continue to fall.
It can only be described as a major policy failure by the Turnbull government. As I said earlier, we are building a service for today when what is needed is a vision for tomorrow, however, conservative governments have never been good at change or having the wisdom to look ahead.
The Bible for all things internet, Akamai’s “State of the Internet” reckons Australia is lagging well behind the rest of the world. Even our neighbour New Zealand will deliver to most of its citizens speeds of up to 100 megabits (Mbps) download a second, while 80 per cent of Australians signed up to the NBN receive a maximum of up to 25Mbps.
And Mr Turnbull reckons it’s a marketing problem. Just wait a few more years and we will see whose problem it is.
2 He may no longer be our Prime Minister but Tony Abbott certainly wields a lot of clout. It looks as though Turnbull has yet again caved into Abbott and his merry band of coal-loving climate change deniers. When men and women of little science hold sway on those with much, one has to wonder about the sanity of conservative politicians.
Using metaphors that only he would understand – in a country that has a bi-partisan approach to climate change – Abbott again displayed his ignorance. On this occasion he kept up his anti-climate change rhetoric while at the same time demonstrating just how bad he was at politics.
As PM of Australia he signed Australia up to the Paris International climate agreement.
He is also the Prime Minister who directed a plan of policy action incentives called “Direct Action”.
He also set up Australia’s renewable energy target, while abolishing the mechanism designed to give the market certainty to make future investments in baseload power generation.
Former British Labour leader Ed Miliband responded to the speech with a tweet that said: “I know Donald Trump has lowered the bar for idiocy but…..”
Not a politician’s bootlace.
Josh Frydenberg said:
“Industry is looking for stability, they’re not necessarily looking for a handout.”
“What they’re looking for is a settled bipartisan investment climate whether there are subsidies or not.”
I wonder if that applies to the overly generous subsidies they give the coal industries.
There can be no doubt now that this is now an Abbott policy and not a Turnbull one. The uncouth gutter politician has defeated the smiling assassin.
3 This week’s Essential poll finds Labor maintaining a 54-46 two-party-preferred vote, fuelled by a Coalition primary vote that has lost one in seven of its voters since last year’s election.