nbn (formerly NBN Co), the company overseeing the construction of Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN), has reportedly revealed the 17 suburbs where Optus and Telstra have begun HFC construction trials, ahead of a March product release. According to iTnews, these trials are designed to allow the two aforementioned operators to test the construction processes for lead-ins to premises passed by their respective HFC networks where a customer does not currently have a connection to the infrastructure. Further, it is also understood that there are some network upgrades currently underway in the trial areas. Retails customers in the trial areas are, however, unable to take up an NBN service just yet, with an unnamed nbn spokeperson cited as saying: ‘The HFC construction trials taking place are giving nbn and our partners important experience in developing the construction techniques we will be using to connect end-users to the nbn HFC network, most particularly in areas like multi-dwelling units.’
As noted in the report, the HFC construction trials are currently underway in: parts of Arncliffe, Bexley North, Rockdale, Kingsgrove, Carramar, Panania, Padstow and Emu Plains (all New South Wales); the Melbourne suburbs of Coburg North, Preston, Essendon, Newport and Wheelers Hill (Victoria); and in Slacks Creek in Brisbane and Merrimac on the Gold Coast, along with Ipswich and Leichardt (Queensland).