The NBN Co has been in the news lately all for the wrong reasons. It was only last week that it was revealed that complaints about the NBN rose 148% on last year and over the weekend it was revealed the average costs of connecting homes along with some of the most singular connection costs to homes and businesses.
THE most expensive broadband connection in Australia cost the National Broadband Network $91,196 for a single home, figures released today show.
That was the cost of the fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) link for one residence in Ravenswood, Tasmania.
Tasmania had the second most expensive FTTP connection and the highest cost commercial link — $86,533 for a bowling club at Invermay.
The list of the 10 most expensive to connect locations in each state shows it spent $41,304 connecting a business in Strathfield in Sydney that needed concrete and bitumen broken to install a new conduit. It spent $51,464 connecting a business in Ballarat than needed 10 metres of bitumen broken and relayed.
The extraordinary bills for the FTTP were released by NBN Co, the national broadband provider, as it announced a shift fibre-to-the-curb (FTTC) in the first half of 2018. This would be cheaper than upgrading the system to fibre-to-the-node (FTTN).
And the switch will be part of its defence against a brutal assessment of NBN’s performance on the ABC-TV’s Four Corners tonight.
NBN Co CEO Bill Morrow said the company was working to make services affordable to end-users, through retailers.
“That’s why we have reduced the cost of bandwidth for our retailers from $20/1Mbps to now as low as $8/1Mbps provided they buy enough bandwidth,” he said.
“But we have only been able to do that by substantially bringing down the cost of the build.
“Again the plain reality is that we can’t reduce the cost of our services — as retailers want us to — and at the same time spend billions of additional dollars on the network as some so-called industry experts are demanding — because it’s ordinary Australians that will end up paying the price for that.”