The current incarnation of the NBN, which was meant to be better, faster and cheaper but seems to be less reliable, slower and more expensive to deploy has crossed a new threshold – more than half the population can now access Australia’s “bleeding edge” mashup of copper, coaxial and fibre to connect to the Internet according to NBNCo.
NBN says they are adding about 100,000 new properties to the network’s footprint each week and is now available to 5.7 million homes and businesses across the country.
If this was FttP, Fibre to the Premises (author’s note – autocorrect changed “premises” to “promises” which I was going to leave as it seemed apt), I’d be excited but it’s hard to give Bill Morrow and his team a pat on the back when a bunch of those properties include folks on HFC from the Bigpond network.
And while our internet speed has dropped out of the world’s top 50 – at least mobile connections are pretty good.
So, while NBNCo celebrates delivering and repackaging a network to half the homes and businesses in the country, let’s not forget that the point of the NBN is to provide infrastructure so we can lead the world, or at least keep up. and that is something that is not being delivered.