In the lead-up to the national election, the Coalition’s NBN strategy was being scrutinised, and there was a lot of speculation about the Coalition being the only party offering a viable alternative to Labor’s NBN.
The Coalition had been in power since 2009 and had just finished two years of an election campaign.
But in the run-up, the government faced criticism from the opposition for not providing more detail about its plans.
The NBN rollout has been described as “flimsy”, and the Coalition has been criticised for not delivering on its promise to build 5G in the country by 2020.
It has also been criticised by many for its slow pace of upgrading, and for its lack of a plan to deliver it in a cost-effective way.
And while NBN Co has promised to deliver 5G by 2020, the Government’s own NBN Co estimates that it will cost around $20 billion over the life of the NBN to upgrade the network.
But the Coalition did give the Coalition an out, saying it would build 5Gs by 2025, and that would mean a cost of $3.2 billion per network by then.
NBN Co says the Coalition plan will deliver a 5G service by 2020 and that will be the costliest in the world.
But it is the NBN Co’s own numbers that have been making headlines, and the Government has responded with a series of new reports which have been released.
The new NBN report by NBN Co is a detailed look at how the network will be upgraded, and its projected costs.
NBNCo has just released a new report called The Cost of a FEW Network: Achieving the 5G Network by 2020 which, among other things, looks at the cost of upgrading the NBN network to 5G, and how it compares to the existing copper network.
The government says the cost is around $3 billion per node, but the cost per node is calculated by dividing the number of nodes by the number, and so the figure is about $1.6 billion per 5G node.
The report’s key finding is that the Government is projecting that the cost to upgrade its copper network to a 5Gb/s service will be about $4.3 billion, while the cost for upgrading the copper network from 10Gb/a to 5Gb has been estimated to be about ($2.4 billion).
This is because, unlike the copper networks which have the capacity to be upgraded in the future, copper is not designed to be used in a continuous basis.
And as the NBN rollout is going to be rolled out over a period of about 10 years, and has the capacity for around a billion nodes, the cost estimate for upgrading copper from 10G to 5GHz is going be very low.
“The NBN Co report does not go into detail about the actual cost of upgrades, but we have the assumption that the NBN is designed to handle an upgrade to 5g in the foreseeable future,” NBN Co chairman Greg Hywood said.
“It’s really not an engineering project, and it’s going to take about five years to get there.”
But the cost has not gone unnoticed by Labor, which is questioning the cost figures.
Labor’s Communications Spokesman Mark Butler said it was not surprising that the Coalition would be making such a claim, because they have made a number of claims about the cost.
“If the Coalition is able to provide an actual cost for the NBN, the Labor Party would expect it to be very accurate and reliable,” he said.
Butler said the Coalition had not delivered on its promised to build a 5 gigabit per second network in the state of Victoria, and in fact has made a series a number claims about how it would get to the 5GB mark.
So what does this mean for the Coalition?
The Government has said it will deliver the 5Gb network by 2020 The cost of the copper upgrade has been calculated to be around $4 billion The Government is predicting that the costs of upgrading copper to 5 G will be between $3 and $4 Billion Butlers comments suggest the Government will be releasing its cost estimate in early February, and is planning to release the actual figures later this month.
But this is unlikely to mean that the figures are going to change dramatically, and will likely be a more accurate figure.
It will still be years before the actual numbers for the cost will be released, and NBN Co may not be able to release any more detailed figures until March.
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