Why are NBN’s upgrade quotes so crazy? Is the COVIDsafe app finally worthwhile? Vertical Hold ep 307



NBN Co’s made applying for a full fibre upgrade quote pretty free and easy — but far from inexpensive. Why is it so expensive — and should you wait for the “free” fibre upgrade coming?

Meanwhile, the Government is also touting its new “Herald” framework to improve the COVIDSafe app — but will it improve performance enough?

This week our special guests both work at ZDNet Australia, as we’re joined by technoloygy journalist Asha Barbaschow and ZDNet Australia Editor Chris Duckett to talk through the realties of developing your own app versus using a framework, why individual fibre installs are so wildly expensive even in the same street, and even why the fine people of Kazakstan actually do deserve world-grade broadband!

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