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Australia - Fixed Broadband Market - Insights, Statistics and Analyses

Australia - Fixed Broadband Market - Insights, Statistics and Analyses

The DSL market shrinks as the NBN is further rolled out

Within the Australian fixed broadband market, there is a dynamic shift among customers to fibre networks, as this infrastructure is being built out by nbn (NBN Co), the company responsible for the national broadband deployment. Australia’s broadband sector is making improved progress in its migration to a multi-technology National Broadband Network (NBN).

Australia’s NBN is delivered via a multi-technology mix (MTM) to homes and businesses including: fibre to the premises (FTTP), fibre to the building (FTTB), fibre to the node (FTTN), Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC), fixed wireless and satellite.

The purpose of the company nbn is to build a nationwide, wholesale-only, high-speed, affordable open broadband network. NBN Co was rebranded as nbn, the company overseeing Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN) project. As it does not provide telecommunications services to retail customers, the market opened up existing and new licensed RSPs (Retail Service Providers).

The NBN will increase Australia’s GDP by up to $10 billion and create up to 150,000 new jobs nationally in the digital industry by 2021. The establishment of businesses in areas served by the NBN so far grew at twice the rate of the national average and five times the pace of regions without the network.

NBN Co announced plans in 2018 to be able to more efficiently deploy fibre to the curb (FTTC) services instead of its more conventional DSLAM-based fibre to the basement (FTTB) services when connecting smaller multi-dwelling units (MDUs).

The annual growth rate in the overall number of broadband subscribers is expected to continue to slow into 2019, with most growth coming from the mobile wireless and fibre broadband markets, due to increased uptake by the nbn is these two segments.

The DSL sector is expected to shrink as customers are migrated to the NBN in areas where services become available, while subscribers on HFC infrastructure will continue to be provided by existing cable within the NBN’s multi-technology mix. Commercial cable services based on the DOCSIS3.1 standard are anticipated in 2018-19.

The DSL sector is still showing resilience as operators make greater use of VDSL, while nbn has trialled G.Fast technology and expects to provide services shortly.

The fixed-line broadband market continues to grow steadily as the nbn rollout gains momentum, although overall penetration is predicted to grow slowly over the next five years to 2023.

Internationally, the adoption of broadband ranks Australia below many other developed countries, however the Australian market has seen a moderate increase over the past two years due to the continued rollout of the nbn.

Consolidation within the broadband market, with some key acquisitions having taken place among fixed broadband service providers, will provide greater reach and scale for operators in coming years.

The industry has started to seriously question the regulatory environment around the NBN. The smaller players believe they are in danger of being squeezed out of the market through complex and expensive NBN wholesale offerings. These same arrangements also mean that the end-users are not receiving the benefits of high-speed broadband in an affordable form.

NBN Co has revealed plans to begin deploying “skinny fibre” (thinner fibre cables) in new housing estates from 2017-2018.

The National Broadband Network announced it would entirely abandon its plan to use the Optus Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) network to deliver high-speed broadband. NBN will however still be using Telstra’s more extensive HFC network as planned.

Key Developments

NBN Co deploy fibre to the curb (FTTC) services instead of DSLAM-based fibre.
NBN Co will deploy “skinny fibre” (thinner fibre cables)
The NBN will increase Australia’s GDP by up to $10 billion.
The DSL sector is expected to shrink as customers are migrated to the NBN.
Consolidation within the fixed broadband market has occurred over the past few years.
The annual growth rate in the fixed broadband market is expected to continue to slow over the next five years to 2023.

Key companies mentioned in this report:

NBN; Austar; Ericsson; Visionstream; Optus, iiNet, AUSTAR, Foxtel, Neighbourhood Cable, TransACT. Optus, Telstra, nbn (NBN Co), LBNCo, OPENetworks, OptiComm, RedTrain, Pivit, Fibercorp.


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • FIXED BROADBAND MARKET - OVERVIEW AND STATISTICS
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • NATIONAL BROADBAND NETWORK (NBN)
    • FIXED BROADBAND MARKET CONSOLIDATION
      • Table Number of ISPs by size in the Australian market - 2008 - 2017
    • FIXED BROADBAND - SUBSCRIBER STATISTICS AND FORECASTS
      • Total market statistics
        • Table Total broadband subscribers - Fixed vs Wireless - 2011 - 2018
        • Table Total broadband subscribers - Fixed vs Wireless, annual growth - 2012 - 2018
        • Table Total broadband subscribers - Fixed vs Wireless, market share - 2011 - 2018
        • Table Historic - Total broadband subscribers and annual change - 2000 - 2011
      • Market share statistics by platform
        • Table Total broadband subscribers by access type - 2011 - 2018
        • Table Total broadband subscribers by access type, annual growth - 2012 - 2018
        • Table Total broadband subscribers by access type, market share - 2011 - 2018
        • Table Fixed broadband subscribers - DSL, Cable, Fibre - 2011 - 2018
        • Table Historic - Broadband market share by technology - 2008 - 2015
      • Market share statistics by provider
        • Table Fixed broadband retail subscribers (thousands) by major provider - 2010 - 2018
        • Table Fixed broadband retail subscriber annual growth by major provider - 2011 - 2018
        • Table Fixed broadband retail subscribers market share by major provider - 2014 - 2018
        • Table Historic - Total business and residential broadband subscribers - 2006 - 2014
        • Table Telstra broadband subscribers by retail / wholesale - 2007 - 2018
      • Internet usage trends
        • Table Accessing the Internet by Service, Usage Patterns - 2013; 2017
      • Household usage survey - 2018
      • Fixed broadband subscriber Forecast
        • Table Fixed broadband Subscribers (with Forecast) - 2010 - 2023
    • OTHER BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Broadband speeds
        • Table Subscribers' average broadband speed - 2010 - 2017
        • Table Average SVoD streaming speed by broadband service provider (Mb/s) - 2015 - 2017
        • Table Internet subscribers by download speed - 2016 - 2018
        • Table Historic - Proportion of internet subscribers by download speed - 2009 - 2015
        • Table Historic - Internet subscribers by download speed - 2008 - 2015
      • Broadband traffic
        • Table Volume of data downloaded (Terrabytes) by access connection - 2013 - 2018
        • Table Historic - Terabytes of data downloaded by access technology - 2008 - 2016
        • Table Historic - Annual change in data downloaded by access technology - 2011 - 2016
        • Table Historic - Average data downloaded per subscriber (fixed-line and mobile) - 2013 - 2016
    • AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS BROADBAND MARKET
    • DSL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Table DSL broadband subscribers - 2008 - 2018
    • WIFI MARKET
      • Introduction
      • Venue WiFi - Campuses, hotels, public areas
      • Telstra Air - National WiFi network
      • Optus
      • State projects
      • City and regional projects
      • WiFi in Airlines
  • NATIONAL BROADBAND NETWORK
    • OVERVIEW
    • CORPORATE PLAN - 2019-2022
    • WHOLESALE PROVIDER OVERVIEW
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • REGIONAL IMPROVEMENTS
    • NBN MARKET STATISTICS
      • Revenue Statistics
        • Table NBN revenue ($million) statistics - 2013 - 2018
        • Table NBN ARPU - 2013 - 2018
        • Table NBN capital expenditure - 2013 - 2018
        • Table Cost per premises - 2014 -2017
        • Table Historic - Property, plan, equipment and intangible assets
      • Subscriptions
        • Table NBN premises activated, Ready for Service (thousands) - 2011 - 2018
        • Table Cumulative end user subscriptions by technology - 2013 - 2018
        • Table Market share - subscriptions - 2013 - 2018
        • Table Cumulative premises Ready For Service - 2016 - 2017
        • Table Historic - Market share premises Ready For Service - 2016 - 2017
        • Table Fixed Line Speed Tier Mix - 2016 - 2017
        • Table Fixed Wireless Speed Tier Mix - 2016 - 2017
        • Table Sky Muster satellite service speed tier mix - 2016 - 2017
        • Table NBN premises activated by platform - 2016 - 2017
        • Table NBN premises serviceable by platform - 2016 - 2017
        • Table Historic - NBN premises activated by platform - 2014 - 2016
        • Table Historic - NBN fibre premises serviceable by type - 2012 - 2016
        • Table Historic - NBN fibre premises activated - 2011 - 2016
      • Broadband market share by provider
        • Table FTTP - Market Share - by Provider - June 2018
        • Table FTTB -- Market Share - by Provider - June 2018
        • Table FTTN- Market Share - by Provider - June 2018
        • Table HFC - Market Share - by Provider - June 2018
        • Table Wireless - Market Share - by Provider - June 2018
        • Table Satellite - Market Share - by Provider - June 2018
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISES (FTTP)
      • Statistics
        • Table NBN revenue statistics FTTP / FTTP- FY 2013 - 2017
        • Table FTTP subscriber statistics - 2013 - 2018
        • Table Annual FTTP / FTTP capital expenditure - FY 2013 - 2017
        • Table FTTP Cost per premise - FY 2014-2016
        • Table FTTP Greenfields rollouts 2014 - 2016
      • Major players
      • Historical developments
      • Greenfield estates
        • Table FTTP Greenfields Rollouts 2014 - 2016
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-BASEMENT (FTTB)
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-NODE (FTTN)
      • Table FttN expenditure - 2014 - 2016
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-CURB (FTTC)
    • G.FAST AND XG.FAST
    • HFC (CABLE) NETWORKS
      • Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) - Technology
      • HFC - NBN Developments
      • NBN statistics
        • Table HFC Roll out plan 2016 - 2018
        • Table HFC Current Roll out status - 2016 - 2017
        • Table Weighted average cost per HFC premise (rounded nearest $100)
        • Table NBN capital expenditure - FY2015 - 2017
        • Table HFC- Market Share - by Provider - June 2017
      • Operator statistics
        • Table Cable broadband subscribers by major operator and annual change - 2002 - 2018
      • HFC operators
        • Table Optus on-net broadband subscribers - 2009 - 2018
    • FIXED WIRELESS NETWORKS
      • Overview
      • Network rollout
      • Market analysis
      • Fixed wireless statistics
        • Table NBN Cost per premises fixed wireless - FY 2014 - 2017
        • Table FTTH Wireless Rollouts FY 2014 - 2017
        • Table NBN Capital expenditure fixed wireless - FY 2013 - 2017
        • Table NBN ARPU Fixed wireless - FY 2014-2016
    • THE NBN SATELLITE NETWORK
      • SKY MUSTER
      • Ka-band satellites
        • Table Satellite Rollouts 2014 - 2016
      • Contracts
      • Telstra
      • Viasat
  • FIXED BROADBAND SERVICE PROVIDERS
    • TELSTRA
      • Company overview
      • Financial and operating statistics
        • Table Telstra Group - Top Line Annual Financial Results - 2005 - 2017
        • Table Telstra Group - Revenue ($billion) by Product Segment and Annual Change - 2015 - 2017
        • Table Telstra Group - Revenue ($billion) by Operations Segment and Annual Change - 2015 - 2017
        • Table Telstra Group - Mobile Handset ARPU by prepaid, postpaid- 2016 - 2017
        • Table Telstra Group - Capital Expenditure - 2009 - 2017
        • Table Telstra - Mobile subscribers (millions) by prepaid, postpaid - 2008 - 2017
        • Table Telstra broadband subscribers by sector - 2007 - 2016
      • Strategy update - 2018
      • Company analysis - 2017
      • Strategy update - 2016
      • Network upgrade
    • OPTUS
      • Company overview
      • Company analysis
      • Financial and operating statistics
        • Table Overview of Optus overall operating revenue summary - 2000 - 2018
        • Table Optus revenue - 2012 - 2018
        • Table Optus Group - Financial Results - Division - 2014 - 2018
        • Table Optus - Key Operating Statistics - 2015 - 2018
        • Table Historic - Optus consumer and business fixed telephony statistics - 2009 - 2017
        • Table Historic - Total internet subscribers (broadband and dialup) - 1996; 1998; 2000 - 2008
      • Infrastructure overview
      • Products and services
      • Major subsidiaries
    • TPG TELECOM LIMITED
      • Company overview
      • Company analysis
      • Company acquisitions
        • Table iiNet's acquisitions - 2003 - 2014
      • Company investments
      • TPG to become the fourth mobile operator in Singapore
      • Fibre network
      • National network
      • Financial statistics
        • Table TPG Revenue, EBITDA and NPAT- 2001 - 2017
        • Table TPG - revenue ($ million) breakdown by division - 2009 - 2017
        • Table TPG - consumer segment revenue ($ million) - 2016 - 2017
        • Table TPG - corporate segment revenue ($ million) - 2016 - 2017
        • Table TPG - Broadband ARPU ($/month) - 2016 - 2017
        • Table iiNet - Broadband ARPU ($/month) - 2016 - 2017
        • Table TPG consumer - revenue breakdown by market segment (consumer) - 2010 - 2016
        • Table TPG - Revenue by Division - 2016
        • Table Historic - TPG - broadband ARPU - 2009 - 2016
      • Operational statistics
        • Table TPG - Group Broadband Subscribers (thousands) by Division- 2014 - 2017
        • Table TPG - Consumer Broadband Subscribers (thousands) by Product - 2014 - 2017
        • Table iiNet - Broadband Subscribers (thousands) by Product - 2015 - 2017
        • Table TPG - Group Mobile Subscribers (thousands) by Division- 2014 - 2017
        • Table iiNet Fixed Voice - subscribers and ARPU - 2015 - 2017
        • Table Historic - TPG Group - Total Subscribers, Mobile Subscribers - Jan 2016
        • Table Historic - TPG (only) - broadband subscribers on/off-net and bundled - 2008 - 2016
        • Table Historic - TPG on-net versus Soul off-net home phone subscribers, annual change - 2009 - 2015
        • Table Historic - TPG versus Soul mobile subscribers - 2008 - 2015
    • VOCUS
      • Overview
      • Company strategy update - late 2017
      • Company analysis
      • Financial results
        • Table Vocus - key financial parameters - 2012- 2017
        • Table Vocus - Revenue Split by Division - 2016 - 2017
        • Table Vocus - Revenue Split by Product - 2016 - 2017
      • Operations results
        • Table Vocus Australia - Consumer Broadband Subscribers - 2016 - 2017
      • Acquisitions / Mergers
        • Table M2's acquisitions - 2005 - 2015
      • Network
      • Products and services
    • MACQUARIE TELECOM
      • Company overview
      • Financial results
        • Table Macquarie key financial indicators - 2008 - 2017
        • Table Macquarie revenue by division- revenue $ (million)- 2015 - 2017
    • VODAFONE
      • Fixed line NBN offering

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