Australia: Growing calls to ditch the NBN because the technology is ‘outdated’ after string of delays – and it would cost BILLIONS to ‘catch up’

Australia: Growing calls to ditch the NBN because the technology is ‘outdated’ after string of delays – and it would cost BILLIONS to ‘catch up’. By Sophie Tanno.

Former NBN Co chief technology officer Gary McLaren told the paper: ‘The message coming from NBN Co and the Government is that the job is being done and it’s being finished but the reality is that there’s still a lot of work to do and Australia is still a long way behind the rest of the world.

‘Billions and billions of dollars would be needed to catch up.’

Mr McLaren also expressed concerns the project would not be internationally competitive when it was completed, which was the original goal. …

NBN Co. recently admitted that 1.2 million households are still waiting for an updated, faster network connection and many are stuck in limbo.

The NBN project is two years behind its completion date and is reportedly an eye-watering $900 million over budget.

Thank you Mr Rudd. Many of us pointed out at the time that spending $5,000 per household was unnecessary and risked being outdated by the time it was delivered. This is coming to pass. Should have left it to the market, which would have incrementally built a better network using the usual $100/month fees that everyone pays anyway.