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How will 5G and the NBN compare? REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

5G will be a convenient but expensive alternative to the NBN

5G will provide convenient broadband access for some internet users. But as demand grows for ultra-high-definition video streaming, the NBN will remain the network of choice for most customers
Scott Morrison on Tuesday said reform was harder now than in the 1990s. Lukas Coch/AAP

Morrison finds his productivity report is useful for Labor too

Just as the government hopes it is making progress on the energy conundrum, it finds itself struggling on another front of deep public disgruntlement – the NBN. The rollout of what’s generally considered…
The NBN’s multi-technology mix seems unlikely to deliver the same internet quality to everyone. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Three charts on: the NBN and Australia’s digital divide

The National Broadband Network was meant to provide greater equity of digital access. So far, it's not looking good.
The national broadband network promised by the incoming Rudd government was politicised from the start. Lukas Coch/AAP

The NBN: how a national infrastructure dream fell short

The highly politicised nature of the NBN has led to a lack of transparency that makes it even harder to fix the mess that has been made of this vital national infrastructure.
Bailey Brooks, who lives on her family’s station 400km south of Alice Springs, won nbn Co’s national drawing competition with an illustration of the SkyMuster satellite. But is the satellite enough for her family? AAP/nbn Co

Regional Australia is crying out for equitable access to broadband

A new coalition of bodies representing regional Australia is calling on the government to help guarantee better access to the internet and the networked economy.
Australia’s is spending billions of dollars a national infrastructure ‘that just about meets demand today’. Shutterstock/Dario Lo Presti

The need for speed: there’s still time to fix Australia’s NBN

It is not too late to change the current direction of Australia's NBN from one that just meets today's demands, to one that we need for the future.
Shadow Communications Minister Jason Clare (left) and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten (right). AAP/Mick Tsikas

How do Labor and the Coalition differ on NBN policy?

Now the ALP has released its much-anticipated National Broadband Network policy, it gives voters a chance to see how the Coalition and the Opposition's plans compare.
Jason Clare says the government’s ‘second-rate copper NBN’ will not meet the needs of Australians in the future. Tracey Nearmy/AAP

Labor would upgrade NBN to fibre to the premises

Under the Labor NBN plan up to two million extra homes will get fibre-to-the-premise without additional cost to the government.

Infographic: how fast is the NBN?

How fast is the NBN in its current form? Is it really that much faster than ADSL? And, crucially, how long will it take to download an episode of Parks and Recreation? You'll find the answers here.
The cost of the NBN depends on the mix of technologies used. David Crosling/AAP

What will the NBN really cost?

There are competing estimates of the cost of the National Broadband Network, but new data from broadband rollouts overseas can give us a clearer picture of the true cost in Australia.

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