Telstra 12Mbps wireless to surpass NBN: Liberal MP

A Liberal Member of Parliament inaccurately claimed this week on national television that Telstra would launch a 12Mbps wireless broadband service which would surpassthe National Broadband Network’s 100Mbps fibre to the home service, meaning there was no need to proceed with a project he said was a “white elephant”.

The ABC’s Capital Hill program on Wednesday ran an extensive debate between Liberal MP Don Randall and Labor MP Mike Kelly on the NBN, following the Government’s release of NBN Co’s new corporate plan to cover the years until 2015. You can view the full clip on YouTube here or on the ABC’s website. And thanks to Terry Green for first highlighting this issue on his blog.

Speaking on the program, Randall said Telstra will beat the NBN at their own game with competitive wireless broadband infrastructure. Thanks to the $11 billion the NBN’s giving Telstra, they are rolling out wireless, at a cheaper cost, 12 megabits per second, to people in outer areas of Australia, said Randall — via

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