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.
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.