TRANSCRIPT - Sky News
With David Lipson
Parliament House, Canberra
16 October 2015
E & OE
nbn three year rollout plan
now by the Communications Minister, Senator Mitch Fifield. Thanks very much for
your time. It looks like a pretty ambitious rollout plan, it is achievable?
is achievable. nbn management and board are confident that they can achieve the
full rollout of the nbn by 2020. And that they can achieve this 7.5 million
premises construction over the next three years. You’re right, it is ambitious
but what we want to do is get the nbn out nationwide to as many homes as
possible, as quickly as possible, and as affordably as possible. The big
difference with what we’re doing compared to our predecessors is that we are in
effect technology agnostic. We want to do what will work, what will get to
people sooner. The previous government, their model, was going to see the nbn
take 6 to 8 years longer at a cost of $20 to $30 billion more. We’ve got a
different approach, people will get it sooner, and this is great news.
say that nbn bosses are confident that they’ll be able to roll this out in time
but is it true that Bill Morrow, the boss of nbn sent out a memo to staff this
week suggesting that they are already falling behind?
don’t receive nbn internal emails so I can’t shed any light on that but one of
the reasons why we can roll out the nbn faster than Stephen Conroy was able to
is because we’re pursuing a multi-technology mix approach. That means the
HFC, that cable TV network, we’re going to use that. The previous government
weren’t going to use it. It’s there, we can upgrade it, and that dramatically
increases the capacity of nbn to roll out fast broadband quicker to the nation.
that use of multi-technology make it that much more difficult for Labor, for
example, if they were to win government, to roll out fibre optic cable to 93
per cent of homes as they had promised to do?
Jason Clare, the day before yesterday, announced that an elected Labor
Government would revert to a full fibre network. Now, what he announced had
every single detail you could possibly want other than: when they’re going to
do it, how they’re going to do it, and how they’re going to pay for it. So it
will be interesting to see if, and when, Labor release that. But look, we know
theirs was a fantasy plan, theirs was a fantasy model. It was unachievable.
What we have done, and full credit to Malcolm Turnbull as the former Minister,
has brought order to bear in what was unbridled chaos. What we see today is a
concrete, realistic, achievable plan over the next three years to see a build
for 7.5 million premises and we will have 9.5 million premises with the
availability of nbn by the end of this process. Because at the moment, we’ve
got 1.3 million premises who can access the nbn, another 700,000 under
construction, add that to the 7.5 million and you’ve got 9.5 million – that’s a
do you use both measures? You know the promise isn’t just for nbn access, it’s
for nbn access or construction underway by September 2018. Does that leave you
a bit of leeway should it take a bit longer than expected?
just a recognition of what the status will be on the ground, that there will be
lots of people with access but there will still be some projects which are
underway. But when a project is underway, when the build is happening, it means
it’s just around the corner.
where can people find out when they can be connected?
can go to a website: www.nbn.com.au/map or www.nbn.com.au/3yearplan. nbn will be
releasing that localised data at 9.00 am, so that’s when those websites will go
Minister Mitch Fifield, great to have your company.
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