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Australia - Broadband - DSL Market, Overview, Statistics and Providers


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While the resale of digital subscriber line (DSL)-based services using Telstra’s unbundled local loop (ULL) service is economically unviable for voice services, it has provided platform-based competition for broadband services. Many telcos have installed their own DSLAM infrastructure, enabling them to provide fairly high-speed internet services via ADSL2+. This regulatory framework related to ULL has encouraged investment and the number of broadband users with access to services has increased.

However, a key concern moving forward is that the investments in DSLAM infrastructure will become obsolete once Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks are in place. The development of the National Broadband Network (NBN) also invoked regulatory changes in relation to the transition from copper based (DSL) to fibre based infrastructure.

Companies covered in this report include:

TPG, M2, iiNet, Optus, NBN Co, Telstra, Primus, TransACT

Hot topics and technologies mentioned

NBN, fibre, VDSL2, HFC, broadband, DSLAM, upgrades, market share, ACCC sets wholesale DSL prices to mid-2014.


1. Synopsis
2. Brief overview of the NBN
2.1 Fibre to match DSL in 2015
3. Regulatory environment – analysis
3.1 Background
3.2 The impact of fibre optic networks on digital subscriber line (DSL) regulation
3.3 Unbundling of the local loop (ULL) and line sharing
3.4 Wholesale DSL pricing
4. DSL infrastructure
4.1 Overview
4.2 Tool for competitors
4.3 DSLAM infrastructure
4.3.1 Key providers
4.3.2 ADSL2+ enabled exchanges
4.4 Street cabinet IP DSLAM2 upgrades (Top Hat)
4.5 VDSL developments
4.6 VDSL vectoring
5. Brief overview of broadband providers market
5.1 Market consolidation
5.2 The shrinking of ISPs
5.3 ISP customer satisfaction
5.4 Market share statistics
6. Related reports
Table 1 – Wholesale DSL pricing, per month per user – 2008 – 2012
Table 2 – Number of infrastructure providers by number of ADSL-enabled exchanges – 2007 - 2008; 2010 - 2011
Table 3 – Number of ADSL broadband subscribers –2 008 – 2012
Table 4 – Number of DSLAMs by major providers – 2009 - 2012
Table 5 – Total number of DSLAMs – 2006 - 2012
Table 6 – Number of ADSL and ADSL2+-enabled exchanges – 2013
Table 7 – Top Hat enabled exchanges – 2011 - 2013
Table 9 – Broadband DSL retail subscribers by major provider – 2008 - 2012
Table 10 – Total business and residential broadband subscribers – 2006 - 2013
Table 11 – Telstra broadband subscribers by sector – 2007 – 2012
Chart 1 – Overview of number of DSLAMs by top 5 providers – 2008 - 2012
Chart 2 – Overview of the top six ISPs with excellent customer service satisfaction ratings – 2009 - 2011
Chart 3 – Overview of total business and residential broadband subscribers – 2006 - 2013

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