New government vision for the National Broadband Network (NBN).

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The new coalition government vision for the National Broadband Network (NBN) is a noble idea towards catering for bigger growth potential and supporting the emerging digital economy towards empowering individual broadband users and demands of small entrepreneurs across Australia (Harmsen, p. 1). As the current project officer and media adviser in charge of Federal Government and Department of Communication Arts, I hereby wish to put across my justification through this report about this very important decision to deliver significant improvements in the national broadband network service quality to all users in Australia. This initiative will address the inadequate high speed broadband within Australia as well as rebuild the wider telecommunication sector which is critical in supporting networking and connectivity among different regions and individuals.

Firstly, the NBN will ensure high speed broadband through an integration of Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP), Satellite technologies and Fixed Wireless. These technologies have the potential to provide high speed broadband to the users creating convenience and promoting communication and quality services. These changes however require time and resources for effective implementation if the vision of the new coalition government is to be achieved. Telecommunication transition requires better planning to ensure greater efficiency in making critical changes that might affect the manner in which people communicate. Transitioning from Fibre-to-the-Node (FTTN) to Fibre-to-the-Premise requires changes in previous policies and there is need to ensure great compliance to these policies towards greater success in this noble project (Harmsen, p. 1). The new coalition Australian government must therefore coordinate the implementation and execution of the National broadband network towards achievement of the National Digital Economy approach across its key departments. This will help in putting in place adequate regulatory frameworks that promote a consistent strategy towards achieving high speed broadband in Australia supporting a digital economy. This plan has therefore both benefits and challenges that I seek to outline below.


  • One of the primary benefits is the provision of broadband quality. The technological upgrade is a great milestone for the internet users who would enjoy high speed connectivity towards achieving a national digital economy and improved telecommunication infrastructures.

  • The investment in such technological upgrades would ensure log term returns for the investment. The network would benefit both individuals and the government through increased convenience in terms of connectivity and consequently communication (Harmsen, p. 4).

  • Education and training is also likely to benefit through the digital hubs that will be accessible to the local residents enabling them to acquire new skills needed to contribute in the NBN supported digital economy. The federal government must recognize the role played by public libraries in education and ensure the high speed broadband is accessible to the different communities.

  • The disadvantaged individuals within the digital divide would also benefit through the Federal government development of targeted programs for them. Increased awareness of the high speed broadband facilities which would be accessible promoting the acquisition of key skills.

  • The Federal government also assures the continued support for all organizations that participate in the development of applications supporting the high speed broadband across Australia. Additional, individuals would also enjoy regulatory support towards increased research and innovation in different sectors.

  • A digital economy would ensure the provision of a wider platform for business and organization to promote their businesses and contribute positively towards the governments strategic goals of achieving a national digital economy that would transform lives and the telecommunication sector as a whole.

  • A digital economy would also support productivity through improved performance to compete in the global market place effectively. Globalization has led to the rise of emerging technologies to effectively thrive in a global economy and hence high speed internet is as important as the need for networking and sharing information in a global village.

  • The technology would also ensure continuous improvement and excellence in constructive engagements and customers and different stakeholders providing value for money and greater returns in the Australian economy. Technology has been rapidly changing and is a major driver of many leading global economies.


The new coalition government has to contend with a number of challenges in implementation of the national digital economy strategies through application of the high speed broadband. The challenges range from honoring of previous contracts from the previous governments to the funding of the capital intensive technological developments towards a digital economy, they include:

  • Skill shortage is a major challenge in the implementation of the high speed broadband to all users in Australia especially with an estimated 91% connectivity to different premises with the fixed line infrastructure. In addition, NBN focuses on premises that are serviceable to be used as a measure of performance. Therefore, the holistic reforms in the telecommunication sector in Australia would prompt adequate skills in information technology towards completion within the set timeframe while at the same time be cost effective.

  • Funding challenges in the roll out of the NBN project are also likely in an attempt to provide fiber-to-the-premise technology in combination with other technologies towards open access network and holistic services available to all retail service providers in a non-discriminatory manner.

  • New policies are also a possible challenge given that different companies providing the integrated technologies have their own policies and the digital disruption must be regulated (Harmsen, p. 1). Technological changes necessitate new terms of use and the Australian society must be adequately prepared for the transformation. The policies must also promote the new networking, connectivity and sharing new economic models across Australia.

  • Despite being a very cost infrastructure, the high speed broadband future may be unpredictable due to the political climate and possible changes that could negatively impact on policies and changes during the transitioning of the digital economy.

  • Collaborations during the implementation of the technologies can potentially lead to value conflict raising trust and integrity issues among the different parties and stakeholders. Such issues may increase the cost of implementation and timeframe among other potential obstacles related to conflict of interest in the project.

Notably, the new coalition government vision towards achieving a National Broadband Network has both some potential benefits and challenges that I have addressed providing a holistic perspective on the primary issues. High speed broadband in undoubtedly an important feature in a highly globalized world, however, its implementation towards a digital economy in Australian must be critically evaluated to successfully attain the desired goals. The transition period must provide appropriate time, strategies, and resources to ensure stakeholders particularly the Australian society and communities’ best interests are prioritized by empowering the individual broadband users and entrepreneurs.


Harmsen, N, 2016, Curious Campaign: What are the Major Parties’ Plans for the NBN? Viewed 29 Aug 2004, < major-parties-plans/7431000>.