ACCC publishes quarterly report on NBN wholesale market

3 May 2017

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has published its report concerning wholesale market indicators for the National Broadband Network (NBN), covering the three months ended 31 March 2017.

According to its findings, nbn, the company managing the NBN and overseeing its construction, was supplying a total of 2.07 million broadband wholesale access services at the end of the reporting period, more than double the 941,235 reported a year earlier, and representing a more than 21% quarter-on-quarter increase.

In terms of the technologies being used, fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) remained the most popular platform, with 1.08 million connections at end-March 2017, up by almost 42% year-on-year. Fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) is, however, gaining ground, having increased from less than 40,000 in March 2016 to more than 630,000 a year later. The number of HFC-based connections also saw a notable uplift, increasing more than four-fold over the quarter to 63,475. Meanwhile, all other technologies on offer saw customer uptake increase, with fibre-to-the-building (FTTB), TD-LTE fixed-wireless and satellite connections numbering 53,591, 173,148 and 69,037, respectively.

With downloads speeds of up to 1Gbps available via the NBN, depending on the technology taken, the report also noted that the most popular speed tier remained 25Mbps/5Mbps, with 55% of connections at this level at March 2017. While uptake for plans offering speeds above 100Mbps remains relatively limited – there were just 102 such connections at the end of the reporting period – the number of customers signing up for an up to 100Mbps tariff is on the up, increasing by more than 21% q-o-q to almost 250,000.

Commenting on the report’s findings, ACCC chairman Rod Sims added: ‘The NBN rollout to date has largely been in regional areas. Competitors to Telstra are supplying 46% of services in the regions compared with traditional market shares for broadband services where Telstra often had well over 60% market share.’