NBN: Australia’s Broken Promise

Superfast Broadband was promised more than a decade ago and the NBN was hatched.

NBN promised speeds of 100Mbps with no buffering. Labor’s plan was to provide FTTP to almost 95% of Australians. It would cover towns with centres of as little as 3,000 residents. The remainder would be serviced via wireless and satellite.

The Coalition promised all the speed a household could possibly want, for less money. They said it would take less time to roll out and would be a better solution.

Industry insiders warned that using a mix of old copper and coaxial cable would be a disaster. The FTTN (fibre to the node) solution brought broadband to within 200m of homes, and would then connect to existing copper wires.

The botched rollout has been a disaster by any measure. The costs have blown out as predicted, and some users report speeds lower than their ADSL service.

As the old network is gradually shut down, users have no choice but to take up a new NBN plan.

With much of the network yet to be finished, slower speeds result in some streaming services being unwatchable. Network outages, low speeds, and high-cost plans, have resulted in the Communications Ombudsman’s office being flooded with complaints.

Part of the old cable TV network was purchased but later abandoned as unserviceable.

NBNCo saw part of the solution as bringing fibre closer to customers by using a Fibre to Kerb system, and while that is better than to a node 200m away, is still old hat.

The Liberal Party NBN disaster has huge ramifications for users, both business and residential users. The “Netlfix” effect sees evening speeds slow even further with buffering making ultra-high definition viewing impossible.

In short, the coalition solution saw Australia drop to near 3rd world standards. In fact, many 3rd world countries have vastly superior speeds.

Australia has slipped to 50th fastest, taking 41.44 minutes to download a 5gb movie. New Zealand is twice as fast, taking a little over 20 minutes. The fastest is Taiwan, which will get the same movie in a little over 8 minutes on average.

The solution is to abandon the mixed technology, and rollout FTTP (fibre to the premises) instead, as originally planned.

NBNCo refused to comment.

RANK COUNTRY REGION AVE. SPEED
(MBPS)
5GB DOWNLOAD
TIME
± 2018
(RANK)
1 Taiwan Asia & Pacific 85.02 00h 08m 13
2 Singapore Asia & Pacific 70.86 00h 09m -1
3 Jersey Europe 67.46 00h 10m 7
4 Sweden Europe 55.18 00h 12m -2
5 Denmark Europe 49.19 00h 13m -2
6 Japan Asia & Pacific 42.77 00h 15m 6
7 Luxembourg Europe 41.69 00h 16m 1
8 Netherlands Europe 40.21 00h 16m -1
9 Switzerland Europe 38.85 00h 17m 2
10 San Marino Europe 38.73 00h 17m N/A
11 Norway Europe 38.46 00h 17m -7
12 Andorra Europe 38.31 00h 17m 6
13 Spain Europe 36.06 00h 18m 3
14 Belgium Europe 35.69 00h 19m -8
15 United States North America 32.89 00h 20m 5
16 Latvia Europe 32.74 00h 20m -3
17 New Zealand Asia & Pacific 32.72 00h 20m 9
18 Estonia Europe 31.55 00h 21m -3
19 Hong Kong Asia & Pacific 31.37 00h 21m 0
20 Hungary Europe 31.1 00h 21m -11
21 Lithuania Europe 30.66 00h 22m -4
22 France Europe 30.44 00h 22m 1
23 Slovakia Europe 29.45 00h 23m -2
24 Finland Europe 29.34 00h 23m 0
25 Canada North America 28.76 00h 23m 8
26 Slovenia Europe 27.83 00h 24m 2
27 Germany Europe 24.64 00h 27m -2
28 Poland Europe 24.38 00h 28m 4
29 Ireland Europe 23.87 00h 28m 7
30 Malaysia Asia & Pacific 23.86 00h 28m 18
31 Czechia Europe 23.27 00h 29m -4
32 Portugal Europe 22.75 00h 30m -3
33 Madagascar Africa 22.57 00h 30m -11
34 United Kingdom Europe 22.37 00h 30m 1
35 Iceland Europe 22.13 00h 30m -1
36 Liechtenstein Europe 22.04 00h 30m 1
37 Romania Europe 21.8 00h 31m -32
38 Gibraltar Europe 20.27 00h 33m 6
39 Monaco Europe 20.2 00h 33m 21
40 Austria Europe 19.33 00h 35m -2
41 Macao Asia & Pacific 19.19 00h 35m 0
42 Rep. of Korea Asia & Pacific 19.18 00h 35m -12
43 Serbia Europe 19.17 00h 35m 7
44 Guernsey Europe 18.26 00h 37m 10
45 Thailand Asia & Pacific 18.21 00h 37m -5
46 Malta Europe 18.16 00h 37m 0
47 Italy Europe 17.3 00h 39m -4
48 Croatia Europe 17.22 00h 39m -6
49 Bulgaria Europe 16.95 00h 40m -18
50 Australia Asia & Pacific 16.36 00h 41m 2
51 Cayman Islands Latin America 16.12 00h 42m 4
52 Barbados Latin America 16.03 00h 42m -13
53 Aruba Latin America 15.15 00h 45m -4
54 Russia Europe 14.89 00h 45m -7
55 Bermuda North America 13.55 00h 50m 12
56 Greece Europe 13.41 00h 50m 1
57 Belarus Europe 13.19 00h 51m 9
58 Trinidad & Tobago Latin America 12.9 00h 52m -2
59 Kosovo Europe 12.07 00h 56m -6
60 Rep. of Moldova Europe 11.56 00h 59m -15
61 U.S. Virgin Islands Latin America 11.45 00h 59m 0
62 Bahamas Latin America 11.13 01h 01m 3
63 Isle of Man Europe 11.04 01h 01m -1
64 Cyprus Europe 11 01h 02m -5
65 Faroe Islands Europe 10.21 01h 06m -2
66 Réunion Asia & Pacific 10.02 01h 08m 76
67 UAE Arab States 9.62 01h 10m 30
68 Dominica Latin America 9.48 01h 12m 19
69 Uruguay Latin America 9.16 01h 14m 9
70 Montenegro Europe 9.1 01h 14m 4
71 Jamaica Latin America 9.08 01h 15m -2
72 Israel Europe 8.85 01h 17m -2
73 Turks & Caicos Islands Latin America 8.78 01h 17m -22
74 India Asia & Pacific 8.66 01h 18m 14
75 South Africa Africa 8.4 01h 21m 1
76 Panama Latin America 8.09 01h 24m -4
77 Puerto Rico Latin America 8 01h 25m -4
78 North Macedonia Europe 7.97 01h 25m -10
79 Bonaire Latin America 7.92 01h 26m N/A
80 British Virgin Islands Latin America 7.75 01h 28m 14
81 Ukraine Europe 7.72 01h 28m -23
82 Sri Lanka Asia & Pacific 7.67 01h 28m -1
83 Curaçao Latin America 7.64 01h 29m -3
84 Kenya Africa 7.62 01h 29m -20
85 Albania Europe 7.61 01h 29m 1
86 Bosnia & Herz. Europe 7.53 01h 30m -15
87 Martinique Latin America 7.23 01h 34m -3
88 Georgia Europe 7.14 01h 35m -11
89 Vietnam Asia & Pacific 7.02 01h 37m -14
90 Belize Latin America 6.8 01h 40m 18
91 Guadeloupe Latin America 6.72 01h 41m 8
92 Indonesia Asia & Pacific 6.65 01h 42m -9
93 Greenland North America 6.51 01h 44m N/A
94 Bahrain Arab States 6.24 01h 49m -4
95 St Kitts & Nevis Latin America 6.16 01h 50m -16
96 Saint Lucia Latin America 6.08 01h 52m 23
97 Philippines Asia & Pacific 6.05 01h 52m -8
98 Mexico Latin America 6.02 01h 53m -13
99 Antigua & Barbuda Latin America 5.91 01h 55m 10
100 Morocco Arab States 5.48 02h 04m 5