NBN Co, the company overseeing Australia’s National Broadband Network (‘nbn’) rollout, has announced that the first batch of premises have been given the green light to sign up for a connection via fibre-to-the-distribution-point (FTTdp) technology. TeleGeography notes that the company is marketing the new FTTdp offer as ‘fibre-to-the-curb’ (‘FTTC’), despite the FTTC initialism already being used in other countries to signify a different network architecture, fibre-to-the-cabinet.
In confirming the latest service launch, NBN Co said that, as ‘one of the first network operators in the world to implement the technology at scale’, availability covers more than 1,000 homes and businesses in Coburg, North Melbourne in Victoria and Miranda, South Sydney in New South Wales. Further, the infrastructure provider claims that the initial deployment will help it work with retail service providers (RSPs) to optimise the customer experience before expanding the technology to a larger footprint in the second half of this year. NBN Co is using the technology – which it states connects fibre to a telecom pit near a driveway outside a property – to offer wholesale speeds of up to 100Mbps/40Mbps (down/uplink), although it notes that the potential exists to boost rates through the deployment of G.fast; here, NBN Co has said it intends to launch the latter technology in ‘selected areas’ by the end of 2018.
Commenting on the development, NBN Co’s chief customer officer Brad Whitcomb said: ‘As with the introduction of any new technology, we will continue to gain insights as we navigate the complexity of the build as well as potential issues which can arise when people connect to the network. We are committed to working with internet providers to optimise the customer experience of people who connect the network using nbn services over the FTTC network before we make services available to a larger footprint.’