nbn, the company overseeing Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN) project, has announced that it plans to deploy fibre-to-the-distribution-point (FTTdp) to a potential footprint of up to 700,000 premises across the country. The company noted that FTTdp will be utilised in some areas that had previously been earmarked for a fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) rollout, but that have too high a cost per premises. In addition, nbn has confirmed it will deploy FTTdp in those areas where the use of the Optus HFC network had previously been planned, with the exception of the already launched network in Redcliffe, Queensland.
Commenting on the rollout strategy, nbn’s Chief Network Engineering Officer Peter Ryan, was cited as saying: ‘We have tested FTTdp over the last year and we’re confident we can now deploy the technology in areas where it makes better sense from a customer experience, deployment efficiency and cost perspective … The move to FTTdp was outlined in the 2017 Corporate Plan where we stated nbn’s overall HFC footprint would be between 2.5 and 3.2 million by 2020, with more premises being served by FTTN, fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) and FTTdp. These ranges reflect nbn’s flexible and technology-agnostic approach.’ Meanwhile, with specific reference to the decision to introduce FTTdp in the areas covered by Optus’ HFC network, Mr Ryan added: ‘HFC remains a highly valued part of our MTM [multi-technology-mix] deployment, however in balancing the requirements to convert Optus’s current network architecture and design to be nbn-ready, and the opportunity to introduce FTTdp, makes the new technology compelling in these selected areas.’