According to the most recent Wholesale Market Indicators Report published by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), the National Broadband Network (NBN) was serving more than 5.201 million premises at 31 March 2019. Telstra remains the ‘wholesale access seeker’ with the largest number of connections over the infrastructure, accounting for 2.558 million, or 49.2%, of the total connections at that date, up from 1.881 million a year earlier. Meanwhile, TPG and Optus were second and third largest with 1.121 million and 736,886, respectively (up from 844,781 and 527,775 at end-March 2018).
Further, the ACCC noted that higher speed services now represent 58.4% of all NBN broadband connections, with more than three million subscribers signed up to a service offering downlink speeds of 50Mbps or higher. The regulator noted too that the number of 50Mbps plans taken up by consumers had grown substantially following the introduction of discount offers and wholesale bundled products by NBN Co.
In separate but related news, NBN Co, the company rolling out the NBN, is set to make its ‘Sky Muster Plus’ satellite service – which is capable of bursting above downlink speeds of 25Mbps – generally available in July, following commercial trials that get underway this month. According to itnews, retail service provider SkyMesh reportedly disclosed the new timing for the introduction of the new service, with it confirming it has invited customers to participate in a planned month-long trial of Sky Muster Plus, and saying: ‘We received a high volume of interest but, unfortunately, there’s a limited number of test services available … These services will be provided on a first-in-first-served basis.’