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Australia - Broadband - DSL Market Statistics and Analyses

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Australia - Broadband - DSL Market Statistics and Analyses

Australia's broadband sector is migrating to a multi-technology NBN with greater emphasis on fibre access. This has left considerable room for further growth in the DSL and cable sectors, both of which are benefiting from the deployment of new technologies. The DSL sector is showing resilience as operators make greater use of VDSL and extend trials of technology, which can deliver far greater data capacity on legacy copper infrastructure though only at short cable lengths. The pace of the NBN roll out quickened during the second half of 2015, which has also helped to retain the relevance of DSL infrastructure for a large proportion of broadband subscribers.

Consolidation within the market in recent months, with some key acquisitions in place among ISPs, will provide greater reach and scale among operators into 2016, and will further cement the place for DSL infrastructure while the migration to FttP continues in core high-density areas. DSL as an element of superfast networks may also come under superfast broadband access service (SBAS) regulations proposed by the ACCC in late 2015 in a bid to improve competition amongst telcos securing wholesale agreements.

This report provides an overview of the Australian DSL market, incorporating data from a range of sources including the Australian Communications and Media Authority's 2013/14 report, material from the Australian Bureau of Statistics to June 2015, operator data into 2015, and data from a range of government reports.

Key developments:

Optus planning to re-enter the DSL market via the NBN; 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; VDSL2 deployments; HFC; broadband; DSLAM; technology upgrades, market share; company performance results to June 2015; DSL vectoring developments; ACCC sets wholesale DSL prices; ABS broadband market data to June 2015; 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 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 Bitsream Access
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 FttN and VDSL
4.6 G-fast developments
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
List of Tables, Charts and Exhibits
Table 1 Wholesale DSL pricing, per month per user 2013 2014
Table 2 DSL broadband subscribers 2008 2016
Table 3 DSL subscribers and availability by state/territory 2013
Table 4 DSL premises affected by distance from exchange 2013
Table 5 Number of DSLAMs by major providers 2009 2012; 2014
Table 6 Total number of DSLAMs 2006 - 2014
Table 7 Number of ADSL and ADSL2+-enabled exchanges 2013 - 2015
Table 8 Fibre Access Broadband (FAB) exchanges November 2015
Table 9 Top Hat enabled exchanges 2011 - 2013
Table 10 Broadband DSL retail subscribers by major provider 2011 - 2014
Table 11 Broadband DSL retail subscribers by major provider 2011 - 2014
Table 12 Total business and residential broadband subscribers 2006 - 2015
Table 13 Telstra broadband subscribers by sector 2007 2015
Chart 1 Overview of number of DSLAMs by top six providers 2008 2012; 2014
Chart 2 Overview of total business and residential broadband subscribers 2006 - 2015
Exhibit 1 - Unbundled Local Loop Bitstream

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