The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has published its latest quarterly ‘Wholesale Market Indicators Report’ for the National Broadband Network (NBN), confirming that at the end of September 2017 nbn, the company overseeing the construction of the broadband infrastructure, was supplying 3.04 million wholesale broadband access services, up from 2.51 million three months earlier. Of the total, the largest number of services were supplied via fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) technology, with such connections numbering 1.22 million, up from 906,662 at end-June 2017, while fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) accesses totalled 1.17 million, up marginally from 1.13 million. Also notable was a big increase in the number of premises connected via HFC, which almost doubled from 153,371 at 30 June 2017 to 290,749 at the end of the latest reporting period.
The report also confirmed that there are now 26 access seeker groups directly connected to the infrastructure being rolled out by nbn, with the top four – Telstra, Optus, TPG Group and Vocus – connected at all 121 points of interconnection (POI). Meanwhile, at all 121 POIs there is at least one access seeker, with there being at least two additional access seekers at 112 of those, and at least three at 71.
In terms of access speeds, it was reported that the 25Mbps tier accounted for 55% of all services connected, followed by the 12Mbps (29%) and 100Mbps (12%) tiers, while access at 50Mbps represented 4% of the total.
Commenting on the data, ACCC chairman Rod Sims said: ‘This report provides a clear indication of the level of competition developing over the NBN … Some of the small players are experiencing rapid growth and this shows promise for future competition. Direct connection will allow smaller retail service providers to have more control over their network in terms of how much Connectivity Virtual Circuit (CVC) they provision.’