Coonan caught out over broadband sledge

Senator Helen Coonan criticises OECD broadband rankings that her own department worked on

War of words

Meanwhile, Market Clarity's findings have since come under attack from the OECD for the same accusations Market Clarity flung at the body to begin with.

"The OECD's report is insufficiently sourced, making it difficult to account for discrepancies between national data and that published by the OECD," read the Market Clarity report.

But just 24 hours after it was published, the OECD hit back at the telecommunications analyst with similar claims.

"The recent report by the consultancy firm Market Clarity, focusing on one of the indicators we publish, does not fall into the category of informed criticism and has serious methodological and factual error," the OECD wrote in a statement.

"Market Clarity's omission of current, official data sources and subsequent estimation of broadband totals undermines the statistical validity of the report's findings. In addition, Market Clarity has chosen to adopt a different methodology for counting broadband than the OECD but then applies it inconsistently."

Market Clarity CEO, Shara Evans, defended the report stating that some of the data the OECD collected from other countries was so thin and ambiguous it proved difficult to draw conclusions.

"Each country is collecting data in different ways, it makes it extraordinarily difficult to compare, which is why we tried to put forward a real discussion about the limits of international data and some of the questions that arise when you look at the source documents," she said.

"In the highly charged politically environment that we're in, where people have been using the numbers in the reports for point scoring without an understanding of what underlies these numbers, some clarity in how these numbers are derived is called for and that's what we attempted to do."

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