In addition it also contracted the supply of two satellites for remote access and commenced provision of point to point wireless services.
The cost, scope, and impact of the NBN polarized many opinions within the telecommunications industry, the general public, and the political arena.
- comparison: As for the cost of building the NBN, to place this in perspective, the total cost to the tax payer of the NBN will be on a par with our annual defence budget of .9 billion.
That works out to about 13c per person per day spread over the estimated lifespan of 40 years.
As a result of a Liberal/National Party Coalition win in that election NBNCo became subject to revised policy directives and outcomes which drastically altered the scope of the GBE.
The altered policy directives focused on a Fibre To The Node (FTTN) and Hybrid Fibre Coaxial cable (HFC) network with an increased emphasis on competitive markets financing and building the network infrastructure.
This new network was to provide 12mbps download speeds to 98% of premises in Australia and could constitute FTTN, FTTP, wireless, and satellite.After failing to reach agreement on the above issues, the proposal was withdrawn in August 2006 without the lodgment of a formal access undertaking.