Our Plan

Issue 15

Communications

Fixing the National Broadband Network

We have put the NBN back on track to deliver high-speed broadband to all Australian homes and businesses by 2020.

In September 2013, fewer than three per cent of Australian premises could obtain a service on the NBN.

Today over two million homes and businesses can access the NBN and there are more than 900,000 active users.

By completion, every user will have broadband speeds 4 to 10 times faster than today’s average.

Our plan is the fastest and most affordable way to deliver better broadband to all Australians by 2020.

Under Labor, the NBN was the most poorly managed infrastructure project in Australia’s history.

Labor spent $6 billion in four years to connect just 51,000 users to the built network.

We are connecting more than 50,000 homes a month, compared to 51,000 in total under Labor.

The most recent nbn Corporate Plan estimates that reverting to Labor’s all-fibre plan would require peak funding of between $74 billion and $84 billion, and the rollout could not be completed until at least 2026 and possibly as late as 2028. The Coalition’s NBN plan requires peak funding of approximately $49 billion and will be finished by 2020.

Tackling Mobile Phone Blackspots

The Coalition’s Mobile Black Spot Programme is rolling out 499 new or upgraded mobile base stations around Australia to cover around 3,000 black spots in regional and remote communities.

The new and upgraded base stations will provide additional handheld coverage to 68,600 square kilometres and new external antenna coverage to over 150,000 square kilometres.

Over 5,700 kilometres of major transport routes will receive new handheld or external antenna coverage.

This is the most significant one-time increase in mobile network coverage to regional and remote Australia delivered by a single public funding programme in the history of mobile communications in Australia.

The Coalition’s initial $100 million investment leveraged a further $285 million in co-contributions from mobile network operators, state governments, local governments, businesses and community organisations. Due to the ongoing community demand for improved mobile coverage, the Coalition committed an additional $60 million last year to fix additional black spots around the country.

And we will do more by investing a further $60 million in the Mobile Black Spot Programme to target priority black spot locations that have not previously received funding under the programme, as well as locations that have been overlooked by mobile network operators because they are uncommercial.

This brings total funding to tackle mobile black spots to $220 million since the Coalition was elected in 2013.

In contrast, the previous Labor government failed to allocate a single dollar of public funds to address mobile blackspots. In fact, Kevin Rudd abolished the Coalition’s $2.4 billion Communications Fund in Labor’s 2008 Budget.