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Australia - National Broadband Network - FttH, FttB roll outs


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Australia - National Broadband Network - FttH, FttB roll outs

Between 2009 and 2012, NBN Co designed the architecture for a national FttH network. Legislation and contracts were completed in 2012 and shortly afterwards the rollout started, based on a rolling' three year plan. The election of the Coalition government in 2013 resulted in a political review. As a result the FttH plan was abandoned and instead a so called Multi Mix Technology (MTM) solution was introduced. This will see the continuing use of both the copper and the HFC networks.

However, the government had to honour existing contracts that had been signed under the previous government including the initial 3 years of the FttH roll out.

Under the new scheme, FttH will only connect 20% of premises by 2020, while a further 38% will be served by FttN and 34% of will receive services via existing HFC networks. Using this approach, the government anticipated that 91% of premises connected to fixed-line infrastructure would receive 50Mb/s by 2020.

In 2016 FttH still dominated the NBN statistics with 75% of all NBN subscribers using this technology. However, this is to change rapidly over coming years at the FttH roll out comes to an end (with the exception of greenfield connections). From 2017 onwards FttN and HFC will dominate the NBN scene.

This report provides an overview of the FttH roll out, it also covers general information on the FttB (Basement) roll outs in multi dwelling units. A separate report covers the historic date of the early roll out between 2010 and 2013. BuddeComms also predicts that Fttdp (fibre to the distribution point) is going to play a more prominent role in the roll out of the NBN going forwards and this development is covered in the report: Australia - National Broadband Network - FttN and VDSL.


1. Synopsis
2. Introduction
3. Statistical overviews
4. FttH in NBN's FY 2016 Results
4.1 FttH statistical overview 2014-2018
4.2 Migration of business services
5. Fibre-to-the-Basement (FttB)
5.1 Multi dwelling units
5.2 NBN fibre basements rollout started in late 2014
5.3 TPG
5.4 Telstra tests FTTB product
6. Other developments
6.1 NBN Co outlines policies for fibre-on-demand
6.2 Cost of a NBN brownfields FTTH connection
7. Analyses
7.1 FttH business model is gaining strength
7.2 Simplification of FttH
7.3 FttH cheaper than upgrading the HFC networks
7.4 Why Australia needs a Fibre-to-the-Premises policy
7.5 Market-led demand for FttH is picking up
8. Original rollout
9. Related reports
Table 1 NBN revenue statistics FttH FY 2013-2016
Table 2 FttH subscriber statistics FY 2013-2016
Table 3 Annual FttH capital expenditure FY 2013-2016
Table 4 FttH Cost per premise FY 2014-2016
Table 5 FttH Greenfields rollouts 2014 - 2016
Table 6 FttH Premises Ready for Service 2014-2018
Table 7 FttH Premises Activated 2014 - 2018
Table 8 FttH Weighted average cost per premise by technology (rounded to the nearest 100)
Exhibit 1 - The difference between FttH and FttP

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