TECHNOLOGY SPECTATOR: NBN Buzz - ISP showdown

NBN Co gets closer to a double deadline, Exetel's John Linton is unconvinced on the size priority for ISPs, and Hackett's getting a plane.

Technology Spectator

NBN Buzz is a weekly wrap up of everything that's going on with Australia's largest infrastructure project. For previous editions visit our NBN Buzz page.

Does size matter?

Internode boss Simon Hackett has been one of the most vocal critics of the National Broadband Network’s structure and the way it will reshape the telecommunications landscape. Hackett cited the now time-tested adage that ‘size equals success’ in the NBN world as the most prominent – though not only – reason to accept a takeover offer from rival iiNet.

This merger will create a player with almost 900,000 subscribers, enough to compete with Telstra and Optus. Indeed The Australian brings us this report showing how more consolidation is expected for a sector that’s saturated with providers.

But there’s one man who thinks this is all too premature.

Exetel chief executive John Linton has dismissed the size priority amongst ISPs as "the sheerest nonsense” in a direct response to Hackett’s claims. As explained in this Delimiter article, Linton contests that it’s "anyone’s guess” how the NBN will influence the market if and when it’s built.

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