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

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, the government has formally adopted a multi-technology mix for the NBN, emphasising a combination of Fibre-to-the-Node (FttN) and HFC architecture. As a result, the transition from DSL to fibre-based infrastructure will 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 2013/14 report, material from the Australian Bureau of Statistics to mid-2014, operator data to September 2014, data from the government's December 2013 Broadband Availability and Quality Report, as well as recent market developments.

Key developments:

Draft standards published related to vectored VDSL2 services on the NBN; Telstra nears upgrading almost 12,000 exchanges for ADSL2+; Government formally adopts a multi-technology mix for the NBN' fibre; VDSL2 deployments; HFC; broadband; DSLAM; technology upgrades, market share; company performance results to September 2014; DSL vectoring developments; ACCC sets wholesale DSL prices to mid-2014; ABS broadband market data to June 2014; recent market developments.

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 environmen. analysis
3.1 The impact of fibre optic networks on digital subscriber line (DSL) regulation
3.2 Unbundling of the local loop (ULL) and Bitsream Access
3.3 Wholesale DSL pricing
4. DSL infrastructure
4.1 Overview
4.2 Tool for competitors
4.3 DSLAM infrastructure
4.3.. Key providers
4.3.. ADSL2+ enabled exchanges
4.4 Street cabinet IP DSLAM2 upgrades (Top Hat)
4.5 VDSL developments
4.6 VDSL vectoring
4.6.. 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
Tabl. . Wholesale DSL pricing, per month per use. 201. 2014
Tabl. . Number of infrastructure providers by number of ADSL-enabled exchange. 2007 - 2008; 2010 - 2011
Tabl. . Number of ADSL broadband subscribers 200. 2013
Tabl. . DSL subscribers and availability by state/territor. 2013
Tabl. . DSL premises affected by distance from exchang. 2013
Tabl. . Number of DSLAMs by major provider. 200. 2012; 2014
Tabl. . Total number of DSLAM. 2006 - 2014
Tabl. . Number of ADSL and ADSL2+-enabled exchange. 2013 - 2014
Tabl. . Fibre Access Broadband (FAB) exchange. Dec 2014
Tabl. 1. Top Hat enabled exchange. 2011 - 2013
Tabl. 1. Broadband DSL retail subscribers by major provide. 2010 - 2014
Tabl. 1. Total business and residential broadband subscriber. 2006 - 2014
Tabl. 1. Telstra broadband subscribers by secto. 200. 2014
Chart . Overview of number of DSLAMs by top six provider. 2008 - 2012
Chart . Overview of total business and residential broadband subscriber. 2006 - 2014
Exhibi. 1 - Unbundled Local Loop Bitstream

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