ACCC releases fifth quarterly NBN wholesale market indicators report

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ACCC releases fifth quarterly NBN wholesale market indicators report

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has released its fifth quarterly NBN Wholesale Market Indicators Report, revealing data on new access services, hybrid fibre co-axial (HFC) services and rollout information.

Highlights of the report, which cover data up to 31 March, said NBN Co was now supplying 2.07 million broadband wholesale access services, up 366,000 since the last December quarter. Operational HFC services reached 63,475, up 14,500 from the previous reporting period.

Aggregate network capacity is reportedly on the rise, with NBN expected to supply 2149Gbps, up 20 percent from 1785Gbps in December.

The report also indicates a shifting tide in the regional wholesaler market, according to ACCC chairman Rod Sims.  

Competitors to Telstra are supplying 46 percent of services in the regions compared with traditional market shares for broadband services where Telstra often had well over 60 percent market share,” he said.

The other major access seekers were TPG, Optus, Vocus Communications, Aussie Broadband, Australian Private Networks, SkyMesh, Harbour ISP and IpStar Australia. 

The two million access services in operation cover connections such as fibre-to-the-premises, fibre-to-the-building, fibre-to-the-node, HFC, fixed wireless and satellite. The ACCC also reported that just over half of all services acquired were on the 25/5Mbps speed tier, at 55 percent.

The NBN has started replacing FTTN services with FTTC, as reported by CRN’s sister publication iTnews, in line with a reconstructed plan for the NBN rollout.

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