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.
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.