Netflix figures back Coalition’s faster nbn rollout
10 August 2016
latest ISP Speed Index shows why Labor can’t be trusted to roll out the
National Broadband Network to all Australians.
2016 election policy was to slow down the nbn rollout completion by at least
two years – leaving Australians waiting for better broadband until at least
to the Coalition’s faster, more affordable rollout the nbn is on track to be
connected to all Australian homes and businesses by 2020.
does no favours for informed policy debate with its failure to grasp basic
concepts, such as the difference between wholesale and retail services.
Netflix acknowledges in its report, the speed index “is a measure of prime time
Netflix performance on particular ISPs (internet service providers) around the
globe, and not a measure of overall performance for other services/data that
may travel across the specific ISP network.”
nbn is a wholesale-only
operator selling access to retail service providers, which then provision their
network capacity to provide services to customers.
ignorance of technical detail is further highlighted by its new Communications
spokesperson, Michelle Rowland, using two different speed rankings in the one
statement – both of which show markedly different results.
Akamai ‘State of the Internet’ report ranks Singapore as the number one country
in the world for broadband speeds – yet Singapore’s Netflix Speed Index ranking
(3.75 Mbps) is virtually identical to Australia's (3.36 Mbps).
countries ranked on the Netflix ISP Speed Index also show similar results to Australia:
Kong: 3.64 Mbps
Zealand: 3.54 Mbps
the Coalition, the nbn rollout is powering ahead with close to three million
homes and businesses now able to order a service. Close to 1.2 million users
are now connected to the nbn.
contrast, Labor managed to connect a total of 51,000 users nationwide during
its six years of government.