10th May 2010. The April 7th 2009 Australian Government announcement of the National Broadband Network (NBN) project stated that it would deliver:
– Superfast broadband for all Australians, at affordable prices with an objective of providing broadband via fibre to 90% of premises, and via next-generation wireless and satellite technology for the remaining areas; and
– Structural reform of the telecommunications industry by requiring NBN Co to operate as a wholesale-only, open-access network provider, and a commitment to improve the telecommunications regulatory framework in the transition to the NBN.
This report, commissioned from McKinsey by the Australian government for the sum of A$25m, advises on how the governments policy objective can be implemented over time. The report is written for those in the government who will make and implement decisions regarding the NBN, including the drafting of legislation, supporting negotiation of potential agreements with existing operators (notably Telstra), modifying NBN Co’s constitution and playing a role in the ongoing oversight of the NBN Co.
Sections of the report cover:
– recommendations to achieve the NBN objectives
– Creating sustainable commercial arrangements
– Ensuring a competitive telecommunications industry
– Maintaining momentum.