Two new documents have leaked from the NBNco, and they show just how far the network have fallen behind schedule.
As revealed by the AFR, the documents show that despite Communications Minister Mitch Fifield’s claims to the contrary, the Coalition’s multi-technology-mix NBN is failing to meet internal deadlines. Elements of the fibre-to-the-mode portion of the NBN that were due to be completed by the 1st of April are now up to three months behind schedule.
The documents have both been made available online. One is the quarterly Integrated Deployment Plan, and the is the monthly ‘ready for service’ update. The first is a purely internal document, the second one that is shared with service providers to keep them up to date with deployments.
While an anonymous source told the AFR “This shows that in a short period of time the timeframes are being pushed back, and it demonstrates that the leaks … about power approvals, power connections, poor quality designs and delays have all been happening,” an NBN spokesperson was far more sanguine about the state of the national broadband network.
“As mentioned in March, work progresses concurrently … and site delays are recovered to meet the full year company target,” the spokesperson told AFR. “FTTN remains the fastest technology to deploy at scale, taking neighbourhoods with little or no broadband to speeds of 50-100 Mbps.”
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