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


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

The DSL sector continues to show resilience in the marketplace, bolstered during the last year by an emphasis among operators to adopt new technologies which can deliver greater data capacity on legacy copper infrastructure. In conjunction with Telstra's unbundled local loop (ULL) service which provides a platform for competitors to offer broadband services, the slow-down in the rollout of the NBN has also meant that the number of customers expected to migrate from copper to fibre-based services is far lower than initial NBN Co forecasts. 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 strategic review of the NBN having been submitted in late 2013, emphasising a combination of Fibre-to-the-Node (FttN) and HFC architecture, the transition from DSL to fibre-based infrastructure is likely to be on a far smaller scale.

This report provides an overview of the DSL market, incorporating data from a range of sources including Australian Communications and Media Authority's 2013 report, material from the Australian Bureau of Statistics to mid-2013, operator data to end-2013, and the government December 2013 Broadband Availability and Quality Report.

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 March 2014.

Companies covered in this report include:

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


1. Synopsis
2. Brief overview of the NBN
3. Regulatory environment analysis
3.1 The impact of fibre optic networks on digital subscriber line (DSL) regulation
3.2 Unbundling of the local loop (ULL) and line sharing
3.3 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 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 DSL subscribers and availability by state/territory 2013
Table 5 DSL premises affected by distance from exchange 2013
Table 6 Number of DSLAMs by major providers 2009 - 2012
Table 7 Total number of DSLAMs 2006 - 2013
Table 8 Number of ADSL and ADSL2+-enabled exchanges 2013
Table 9 Top Hat enabled exchanges 2011 - 2013
Table 10 Broadband DSL retail subscribers by major provider 2008 - 2013
Table 11 Total business and residential broadband subscribers 2006 - 2014
Table 12 Telstra broadband subscribers by sector 2007 2013
Chart 1 Overview of number of DSLAMs by top six providers 2008 - 2012
Chart 2 Overview of total business and residential broadband subscribers 2006 - 2014

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