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


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

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 how far operators should invest in DSLAM infrastructure: the National Broadband Network (NBN) structure initially would have rendered DSLAMs obsolete with Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks in place. However, with the NBN under a strategic review, and with the Coalition government determined to promote a Fibre-to-the-Node (FttN) architecture, supplemented by copper-based VDSL technologies, the transition from DSL to fibre-based infrastructure is likely to be on a far smaller scale.

Key developments:

NBN developments; fibre; VDSL2; HFC; broadband; DSLAM; technology upgrades, market share; company performance results for FY2013; DSL vectoring developments; ACCC sets wholesale DSL prices to mid-2014; ABS broadband market data to June 2013; market developments to November 2013.

Companies covered in this report include:

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


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
4.6.1 Telstra
5. Brief overview of broadband providers market
5.1 Market consolidation
5.2 The shrinking number of ISPs
5.3 ISP customer satisfaction
5.4 Market share statistics
6. Related reports
Table 1 Wholesale DSL pricing, per month per user 2013 2014
Table 2 Number of infrastructure providers by number of ADSL-enabled exchanges 2007 - 2008; 2010 - 2011
Table 3 Number of ADSL broadband subscribers 2008 2013
Table 4 Number of DSLAMs by major providers 2009 - 2012
Table 5 Total number of DSLAMs 2006 - 2013
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 2013
Chart 1 Overview of number of DSLAMs by top six 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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