NBN Co a monopoly? Who knew
A chorus of complaints has started to surface from established telcos that the NBN Co will be in a monopoly position for residential (and some business) fixed line access. Hang on a minute, wasn’t that known from the start?
At TechWorld we’ve discussed the outcome of a wholesale-only National Broadband Network for some time.
The NBN is essentially what Telstra Wholesale would have been if it was split from its retail business!
- Telstra was government-owned, NBN Co is government-owned
- Telstra controls the last-mile, NBN Co will control the last mile
- Retailers must deal with Telstra Wholesale, Retailers must deal with NBN Co
- Detect a pattern?
What’s laughable is any suggestion that Telstra is worried about a NBN Co “monopoly”.
The goal of the NBN is sound, but the implementation carries a lot of risk
Telstra already has a fixed-line monopoly and the work it has done building out it mobile network in recent years also gives it a compelling offering for regional communications.
Telstra is more than capable of competing on a level playing field. It just needs to learn how to deal with it.
I don’t think the NBN is a bad idea, but as I’ve said all along there’s not much point in repeating the mistakes of the past, even if there are obvious benefits to faster, more accessible broadband.
The goal of the NBN is sound, but the implementation carries a lot of risk.
A less apparent risk is whether a project of this magnitude will succeed at all within a reasonable period of the time-budget constraints.
The NBN Co and retailers
Another suggestion is that NBN (or customers) itself might take on the form of a communication services retailer.
I think that’s unlikely as most companies that would go to the trouble of getting a carrier’s licence tend to have established relationships with telcos.
Besides, if the NBN is truly a wholesale-only network then all existing retailers will have access to the same service at the same price, right?
Perhaps a better outcome for “competition” as a whole would have been to have Telstra and NBN Co last mile networks side-by-side.
This may have been cost-prohibitive, but at least it would have given consumers the choice of low-cost DSL services instead of pricey fibre-to-the-home.
It will be interesting to see how much competition there is among the NBN Co RSPs.
Follow Rodney Gedda on Twitter: @rodneygedda
Follow TechWorld Australia on Twitter: @Techworld_AU
Online meetings are ideal for collaboration both within the business and with customers, but too often technology solutions get in the way, creating delays or even missed meetings that can jeopardise opportunities and revenue. This whitepaper looks at: why cloud-based meeting expectations of higher customer satisfaction are not being met, the top 5 user issues reported by sales teams in cloud based meeting applications and how businesses can have assurance that they’ve chosen an enterprise grade communication tools.
Read how Perth-based safety footwear manufacturer, Steel Blue, was able to cut costs with shipping and improve efficiency while meeting the growing demand for their products as they expanded their national and export markets and increased their local market share, all thanks to a new ERP system.
- Pebble Time smartwatch to begin shipping on May 27
- Adblock browsers for Android and iOS to keep mobile ads, tracking at bay
- Torque G02 smartphone doesn't mind a saltwater dunk
- The Upload: Your tech news briefing for Friday, May 22
- Factory reset in Android phones leaves sensitive user data behind
- Secom security drone follows, photographs intruders
- Alibaba's UC Browser found leaking users' data
- Freelance hacking site vows to clean up dodgy listings
- Bigcommerce, PayPal team up for payments
- Leaked database of Adult Friend Finder still online
- Spectrum review proposes greater role for market
- ICANN chief to leave office early, may miss key transition
- Square opens Melbourne office
- Google to change Maps search system after offensive White House results
- US Senate leader to push for vote to renew NSA phone dragnet