The ACCC's Quarterly NBN Report Shows A Move Away From Telstra

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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission just released its fifth quarterly National Broadband Network Wholesale Market Indicators Report, which details the number of NBN services in operation "by access technology" - like FTTP, FTTB, FTTN, HFC, fixed wireless, and satellite.

The report also covers these services by geographic region, speed tier, and the split between voice (traffic class 1), business (traffic class 2), and residential broadband (traffic class 4).

NBN wholesale access services are used to supply a retail service directly to customers or, alternatively, to supply a wholesale service to another retail service provider. Some retail service providers choose to only resell NBN services acquired from other NBN access seekers. Those services are not separately identified in this report.

The report revealed NBN was supplying a total of 2,071,123 broadband wholesale access services - an increase of 365,853 since the last reporting period. The number of HFC services in operation were 63,475 (up from the 14,551 reported in the December quarter).

Demand for aggregate network capacity (Connectivity Virtual Circuit) continued to increase with NBN contracted to supply 2,149 gigabits per second - up 20 per cent from 1,785 gigabits per second in December 2016.

"The NBN rollout to date has largely been in regional areas," ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said. "Competitors to Telstra are supplying 46 per cent of services in the regions compared with traditional market shares for broadband services where Telstra often had well over 60 per cent market share."

There are at least four groups acquiring NBN wholesale services directly at all 121 points of interconnection (POI). The ACCC says 55 per cent of all services acquired are at the 25/5 Mbps speed tier.

"The most popular speed tier on the NBN remains 25/5 Mbps," Mr Sims said.

The full report can be found here

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