Australia - National Broadband Network - Statistics and Analysis
Australia's National Broadband Network (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. FttP will connect 26% of premises by 2020, while a further 44% will be served by FttN and the remaining 30% of will receive services via existing HFC networks.
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 and is still aiming for an HFC footprint of between 2.5 and 3.2 million premises by 2020.
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
FTTB, Greenfield rollouts, FTTC, FTTH, DOCSIS3.1, G.Fast, XG.Fast, FTTN, VDSL, HFC, Fibre-to-the-Distribution-Point (FTTdp).