NBN economics come down to the wire

If the current rapidly accelerating take-up of wireless broadband continues, the NBN, which is concentrated on final connections to premises, will have scant prospect of reaching its expected returns.

NBN Co’s admission that the national broadband network faces increasing competition from increasingly sophisticated wireless networks places yet another query over the economics of the NBN and provides another strand to Malcolm Turnbull’s advocacy of a lower-cost NBN using a mix of technologies.

The admission was made in response to a request for more information on its demand forecasts from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. That response has been published on the ACCC website.

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