Thursday, 21 September 2017

Hooroo Stephen Conroy – Australia's ex-comms minister in surprise resignation

By Nick Wood, Total Telecom
Friday 16 September 16

Nationwide FTTP coverage was a worthy, if expensive, ambition; shame about Malcolm Turnbull's mess.

Australia's former communications minister Stephen Conroy, the man who kicked-off the endless political debate/infrastructure project that is the national broadband network (NBN), unexpectedly resigned this week, giving pundits like myself the perfect excuse to compare his vision to today's reality. Let's start with the similarities. First and foremost, it's still called NBN, which is important because you don't want to confuse people by changing the name midway through. Secondly, its stated aim remains providing nationwide wholesale broadband services. And that's about it. NBN's choice of broadband tech, its estimated cost, the timeframe, senior personnel, etc. have all changed over the years. What started off as an ambitious plan to turn Australia into a broadband trailblazer that could compete with regional rivals like Singapore and Shanghai…

Australia's former communications minister Stephen Conroy, the man who kicked-off the endless political debate/infrastructure project that is the national broadband network (NBN), unexpectedly resigned this week, giving pundits like myself the perfect excuse to compare his vision to today's reality. Let's start with the similarities. First and foremost, it's still called NBN, which is important because you don't want to confuse people by changing the name midway through. Secondly, its stated aim remains providing nationwide wholesale broadband services. And that's about it. NBN's choice of broadband tech, its estimated cost, the timeframe, senior personnel, etc. have all changed over the years. What started off as an ambitious plan to turn Australia into a broadband trailblazer that could compete with regional rivals like Singapore and Shanghai…

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