The Panel of Experts has released its Independent Cost Benefit Analysis of Broadband.

27 August 2014

The Panel of Experts has released its second report:

The analysis found that Australian households and businesses will benefit from high-speed broadband infrastructure.

There are different ways of delivering the National Broadband Network (NBN) to Australians. They include a combination of fibre to the premises (FTTP), fibre to the node, hybrid-fibre coaxial, fixed wireless and satellite technologies. This Multi-Technology mix could provide net benefits of $18 billion to Australia.

This combination of technologies:

  • can be delivered more quickly and at less cost, improving broadband access for Australians who really need it
  • provides the option of future upgrades to FTTP, once there is sufficient demand to make it worthwhile.

The cost-benefit analysis also drew from the following work:

  • Cost-Benefit Analysis – Analytical Framework [link]
  • Communications' Chambers report Forecasting Australian Per-Household Bandwidth Demand PDF, 1.1 MB DOC, 880.6 KB