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Why is NBN so bad?

Why is NBN so bad?

Why is NBN so bad?


I’ve been considering getting an internet connection for my home, but I’ve come across the term ‘Why is NBN so bad?’ quite frequently online. Can you shed some light on this? I want to understand the reasons behind such perceptions before making a decision.

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The National Broadband Network (NBN) is Australia’s national wholesale open-access data network project. It includes wired and radio communication components rolled out and operated by NBN Co Limited. Here are the answers to your questions:


  1. Why is NBN so bad? The perception of the NBN being “bad” can be attributed to several factors:
    • Mixed Technology Choices: The NBN has used a mix of technologies to deliver its service, including fibre to the premises (FTTP), fibre to the node (FTTN), and hybrid fibre-coaxial (HFC). This mix can lead to varying levels of service quality depending on the technology used in a particular area.
    • Expectation vs. Reality: The initial promise of the NBN was to provide high-speed internet to all Australians. However, due to various reasons, including budget constraints and political decisions, the project’s scope was reduced, leading to disappointment among some users.
    • Installation Issues: Some users have reported problems with the installation process, leading to delays and, in some cases, a lack of service altogether.
    • Comparisons with Other Countries: When comparing the NBN to broadband services in other countries, some believe that Australia is lagging in terms of speed and reliability.
    • Cost: Some users believe that the cost of NBN plans is too high compared to the service quality they receive.

    It’s worth noting that while there are criticisms, many users are satisfied with their NBN service. The perception of the NBN’s quality can vary widely depending on individual experiences and expectations.

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