Delusional in Australia
+1 for Tim and Dave on distance.
People here always seem to piss and moan about Australia being large, but when you look at a population density map, the vast majority of people live in a very small area. e.g.:
When having a look at the rollout:
The rollout is miniscule. Less than 100k "premises" for the first 2 rollouts? But Australia is large? It's a poor excuse.
Have a look at the NBN's planned coverage:
Huh? It's only a very, very small portion of the country. Australia being large is a pathetic excuse.
When it comes to geographic advantages, Australia is pretty flat, making it much easier to lay fiber as you don't need to deal with mountains, as you do in Korea (which has had 100 Mbps since at least 2003, and will have 1 Gbps in 2012).
Korea simply has better governance than Australia. When broadband took off around 2000, the (then) government-owned Korea Telecom decided to roll out broadband for the entire country. They had problems because no single vendor could provide them with enough equipment to do the job, so they hacked all sorts of mismatched hardware together into the system. Needless to say, they had problems.
So early on, Hanaro Telecom had the best Internet service by far (they were bought up by SK Telecom a few years ago, 2007 or 2008 IIRC), with KT delivering the worst. Over time KT corrected that and now offers stellar service. Back in the early days of broadband in Korea, everyone that was remotely tech-savvy that had access to Hanaro, had a Hanaro connection. Now, it's not really relevant whether you have Gangnam Cable, SK Telecom, KT or whoever for your ISP.
From the tables, Australia looks to be 3~4x the price of Korea. But then, again, let's raise the spectre of limits and throttling.
Whether you have a 20, 30, or 200 GB limit, it pretty much doesn't matter when compared to *literally* unlimited, as in South Korea. (I've never heard of any ever being throttled there.)
The NBN has barely started to materialise yet. The rollout schedule is nothing more than listing dates that they've made announcements; it's not a list of construction/completion dates:
When will it materialise? God knows.
Australian Internet? More like assie shiternet...
Side Note: Regarding, "nervous, paranoid, starving, unstable, dangerous neighbour" -- This is a horrible misconception about the relationship between North and South Korea. North Korea plays a game of brinksmanship, but nothing more. Nobody in the South is remotely concerned about any kind of conflict. The streets of Seoul are far safer than the streets of Melbourne or Sydney.