nbn has announced what it called ‘another significant rollout milestone’, revealing that six million homes and businesses are now within the footprint of the National Broadband Network (NBN). In a press release, the company said that fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) and HFC deployments were driving the increased rollout pace, with these two technologies now serving more than half of all premises able to connect to retail services on the NBN. In addition, nbn has claimed that the infrastructure is now being deployed faster than ever, with an average of almost 100,000 premises made serviceable per week over the last three months. The deployment is scheduled to be three quarters built by mid-2018 and complete by 2020.
nbn CEO Bill Morrow said of the latest coverage achievement: ‘The pace and scale of this project is unparalleled anywhere in the world and this latest milestone – six million ready for service – is testament to this fact … Very few operators have built a network as fast as we are building the nbn with more than 1.1 million premises made serviceable over the last three months.’
Meanwhile, in separate but related news, nbn is reportedly aiming to launch DOCSIS 3.1 technology across its HFC network by the end of next year, following another round of trials scheduled for February 2018. According to iTnews, with the company having conducted lab tests of DOCSIS 3.1 in June 2017, it will carry out further trials this month, before launching limited field trials of the technology at four HFC nodes next February. The exact location of the trials, as well as other ‘finer details’, have yet to finalised, however.