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.