Earlier this week, NBN Boss, Bill Morrow was questioned by parliamentary committee on how they would deal with significant spikes in data usage on the NBN’s “fixed wireless” network.
In the exchange Morrow highlighted a need to ‘groom’ extreme users with a potential fair use policy. When probed by Stephen Jones, the shadow minister for regional communications, as to who these ‘extreme users’ were, Morrow replied,“It’s gamers predominantly, on fixed wireless.”
This statement contradicts the NBN’s own website, which states, “Believe it or not, some of the biggest online games use very little data while you’re playing compared to streaming HD video or even high-fidelity audio.”
Yesterday, in a joint statement by Michelle Rowland MP, Shadow Minister for Communications and Stephen Jones MP, Shadow Minister for Regional Communications and Shadow Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government, the Labor party rejected Morrow’s claim.
The release said, “The NBNCo CEO’s singling out of online gamers as the predominant cause of congestion on the fixed-wireless network is both misguided and disappointing.”
“It beggars belief that Australians are being categorised and criticised for using the internet.”
“This ill-judged assertion was made despite the Cisco Visual Network Index forecasting that online gaming would only account for 2.9 per cent of consumer traffic in 2018, up from 2.4 per cent in 2017.”
“The on-and-off messaging highlights a concerning pattern of hype and under-delivery by the public relations arm of the company, which for too long has placed spin above substance at the taxpayers’ expense.”
“Regional Australians want NBNCo to focus on configuring its network to deliver the best possible experience.”
“Making promises to deliver a 100 Mbps upgrade path – then “killing it” – and now taking a swipe at online gamers for simply using the internet, is a misguided strategy to achieve this objective.”