Alan Kohler is one of Australia’s most experienced business commentators. Alan has been a trusted source of investment advice to Australians for many years, and in 2005 he founded Eureka Report - Australia’s #1 online investment report. Along with Robert Gottliebsen and Stephen Bartholomeusz, Alan also founded Business Spectator, the popular business news and commentary website. Alan is the regular finance presenter on the ABC News and producer of the popular nightly graph (or two).
The shadow communications minister Malcolm Turnbull is keen to bring G.fast into his NBN mix and while the technology isn't a magic bullet it can play a part in delivering the super-fast broadband revolution.
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 recent launch of Japanese ISP So-Net’s 2Gbps FttH service was greeted with envy by bandwidth-starved users the world over. However, the vacuous focus on download speed often comes at the cost of value around services.
Many telcos are still trying to figure out what to do with the huge bandwidth on 1Gbps FTTH networks. Most agree that getting a return on their huge investments will require more than just one single application.
The politicians and the electorate can do with a good dose of realism about what can actually be delivered by any government – Labor or Coalition – in terms of high-speed broadband and how long it will take to deliver it.
Malcolm Turnbull is stuck between a rock and hard place. He’s tasked with talking down the government's NBN plans but is also forced to stop his colleagues from making statements that defy technological common sense.