Coalition considering splitting NBN Co into two separate units?

20 Sep 2013

Australia’s new Coalition government is said to be mulling a plan which would see NBN Co, the public-private company currently overseeing the construction and management of the National Broadband Network (NBN), split in half. According to the Australian Financial Review, the new administration is considering a proposal under which NBN Co would be broken into two separate companies, one dedicated to managing the construction of the infrastructure project, with the other forming an operations division. It is understood that new communications minister Malcolm Turnbull sought advice from industry figures regarding the proposals in the run-up to the election, with one unnamed industry source cited as saying: ‘The idea seemed to be pretty fleshed out when I spoke to [Mr Turnbull] about it … If it’s combined with a series of policy and cultural changes, it could be effective.’ Meanwhile, a spokesman for Mr Turnbull noted that any consideration for a split of NBN Co was embryonic, however, with the Coalition said to be awaiting the results of a strategic review into the project before making any concrete decisions; the new communications minister has has pledged to complete a strategic review of the NBN rollout within the next 60 days.

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