What the Coalition win means for the NBN

Labor may have bitten off more than it could chew with a fibre to the premises NBN but can an Abbott government avoid the same mistake? It will come down to the execution and for Telstra, the new policy presents both threats and opportunities.

The fall of Australia’s Labor government in the election means significant change for its wholesale National Broadband Network (NBN) plan and for the NBN Co, the company established to build and operate it. Labor’s plan to extend fibre to the home (FTTH) to 93 per cent of the market at a capital cost of $37 billion has foundered as significant delays have plagued the project. Some of these delays were outside the NBN Co’s control, but many were not.

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