A leading telecommunications analyst has warned it will be some time before a clear picture emerges of which areas will get fibre under the National Broadband Network (NBN) and which will not.
The Government has promised to deliver on existing NBN contracts, but yesterday the NBN Co updated its rollout maps, removing hundreds of thousands of premises that were scheduled to be connected to fibre optic cable.
Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull says the old maps were misleading because they listed areas as being "under construction" even though they were only at the planning stage.
But Paul Budde from telecommunications research site BuddeComm says the Government has made a political decision to redefine contracts.
"This Government says we only talk about work as commencing if somebody has put a spade in the ground, or is climbing on a pole," he said.
"OK, fine, but that's a political decision that you make.
"People are therefore concerned that by changing the definition that they are becoming victims of that political language, of what's included and what's not included."
The Government says it cannot say which areas will get fibre-to-the-home and which will receive the NBN via other kinds of technology until after the NBN Co completes its 60-day review of the network, due in early December.
But Mr Budde says it will be much longer before the structure of the entire network is laid out.
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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc