The Age newspaper has reported that according to sources privy to the information in the NBN Co’s upcoming internal analysis report, the Coalition government’s NBN model is unlikely to meet the 2016 and 2019 delivery deadlines and may prove inadequate for the demands on many businesses.
The analysis is said to cast doubts over the timing and cost-effectiveness of the government’s proposed fibre-to-the-node model and highlights numerous legislative, construction and technical challenges the proposed construction will face.
The draft document also slashes revenue projections vital for the project’s commercial viability by up to 30 per cent by 2021.
Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull dismissed these claims in a television interview.
“The truth is, that we will know what is actually going on the NBN very soon, because there is a big strategic review underway at the moment …It’s a very objective study,” Mr Turnbull said.
The report from the internal strategic review is due in early 2014.
The full story from The Age can be viewed here.