BigAir condemns Labor's broadband plans

Local wireless broadband provider BigAir has criticised the Australian Labor Party's fibre-based broadband plans, labelling them 'excessive'.

Local wireless broadband provider BigAir has criticised the Australian Labor Party's fibre-based broadband plans, labelling them "excessive".

According to the company, alternative wireless technologies are cheaper, more flexible and can deliver similar speeds.

"We are a little dumbfounded by the major parties calling for large-scale fibre builds to be undertaken when, in most cases, alternative technologies such as wireless broadband can achieve the same results at a fraction of the cost and without any lengthy construction delays," said chief executive Jason Ashton, BigAir.

BigAir says that its wireless services provide speeds of between 2 and 100 Mbps.

Labor's plan purports to provide a minimum of 12 Mbps to 98% of Australians.

"BigAir can now provide broadband services to schools and businesses frustrated with the current limitations of fixed line options in Sydney, Melbourne and shortly Brisbane," Ashton said.

"Using WiMAX allows us to deliver services that are more reliable, higher quality and with greater coverage than other proprietary wireless services."

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