Telstra's exclusion from the NBN

Telstra has been informed by the Australian government that it was excluded from the National Broadband Network (NBN) request for proposals (RFP).

This means the NBN won't be built or run by Telstra, Australia's largest telco.

The official reasoning given for the exclusion was that Telstra did not include a plan for how to involve small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in their proposal.

Predictably, Telstra responded to the snub by claiming the exclusion was "trivial".

While the company may have a point, more trivial was Telstra's "bid" for the NBN — an eight-page document that failed to comply with a number of the mandatory requirements of the RFP. At the time of its bid Telstra believed the letter complied with all the legal obligations of the bidding process. According to Minister for Broadband Stephen Conroy, though, it didn't.

The question has to be asked: why was Telstra's the only bid that didn't comply with the bidding requirements? Why did it require special treatment by only submitting a proposal and not a full bid?

The remaining bids — Acacia, Axia NetMedia and SingTel Optus — all managed to submit a proposal that followed the government's guidelines. Why not Telstra?

To be fair, Telstra has raised some worthy issues in regards to the bidding process, specifically surrounding the financials. It is the only company to have submitted a proposal with a real financial commitment of $5 billion dollars. And the company is right in saying that if a substandard NBN is built, Australian consumers will suffer immensely.

At the end of the day, Telstra can whinge and moan all it likes, but it played hardball and lost out this time.

Sadly, it only has itself to blame.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Ross Catanzariti

Ross Catanzariti

PC World
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Stocking Stuffer

SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?