Quigley's poison chalice

The outgoing NBN Co boss deserves a lot of credit for sticking it out in a poisonous political environment. Quigley’s tenure was made extraordinarily difficult by two factors largely beyond his control.

The only surprise in the announcement that Australia’s National Broadband Network CEO Mike Quigley will be retiring from the company is that Mr Quigley has managed to last quite so long – over four years – in what is a nearly impossible job.

Not only was Mr Quigley charged with delivering a 12.2 million premise Fiber-to-the-Premise (FTTP) network in one of the world’s most challenging countries to do so, but he also had to do it in a poisonous political environment.

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