According to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), there are now 4.79 million premises connecting to the internet via the National Broadband Network (NBN). In releasing its most recent ‘NBN Wholesale Market Indicators Report’, the regulator highlighted that more than half of users are now signed up to a service offering downlink speeds of up to 50Mbps. In total, 2.29 million connections were on such a plan, up significantly from the 159,000 reported at end-December 2018. By comparison, just under 400,000 users were reported to be connecting at speeds of up to 100Mbps, broadly unchanged year-on-year, with the number of those connected at 25Mbps falling from 1.88 million at end-2017 to around 945,000 as customers have increasingly opted for the 50Mbps service tier.
Retail service provider (RSP) market share remained stable, meanwhile, with what the ACCC referred to as ‘smaller retailers’ collectively accounting for 6.6% of NBN accesses, up from 6.3% at the end of the previous quarter. Telstra remains the operator with the largest number of customers served over the NBN, with around 2.38 million such accesses at end-2018, while TPG notably surpassed the one million barrier to end the year with 1.04 million NBN-based services in operation.