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 revelations about the shoddy state of Optus' HFC network should come as no surprise, the questionable quality of both the copper and the HFC infrastru cture was always destined to deliver cost blowouts and deployment delays.
We may not need fibre-to-the-premises right now but we will certainly need it in the near-future. Based on the current economic model NBN Co will struggle to deliver on those needs without ongoing government support.