NBN Co is set to relaunch its wholesale hybrid fibre coaxial (HFC) services to retailers from 27 April, following the launch of fibre-to-the-curb (FTTC) yesterday.
The company is set to initially release some 1000 premises in its HFC access network footprint in Melbourne and Sydney, with another 38,000 to be released in June in select areas across Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.
“We are pleased with the improvements seen from the additional work undertaken while sales have been paused on the HFC network,” NBN Co chief executive Bill Morrow said.
“We expect to see an uplift in customer experience as a result of these improvements.”
NBN Co also expects to “significantly” ramp up the release of HFC premises to retailers, which it forecasts to hit around 100,000 premises per month.
“NBN Co has undertaken considerable work on the HFC network ensuring network performance and stability has improved substantially and a better service experience will be made available to end-users,” the company said in a statement.
“The optimisation program will continue across the HFC network and NBN Co will update its website in the coming weeks to reflect these changes starting with those that will be declared ‘ready to connect’ in the April-June period.”
NBN Co paused all new HFC orders in November last year while it worked to improve the quality of service for internet service providers and end users.
The Australian Labor Party also said the delay would add somewhere between $420 million to $790 million to the network’s budget, based on NBN Co’s corporate plan.
More premises getting FTTC
Following its announcement yesterday, NBN Co also announced that some 440,000 homes and businesses around Australia will be covered by the FTTC, increasing the footprint to cover closer to 1.5 million homes and businesses.
The new premises added to the FTTC footprint were originally planned for the fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) “long-copper lines” and “infill and extension” premises within the existing planned HFC footprint.
NBN said the premises are either inside or adjacent to existing Telstra HFC network coverage but are not able to connect to the Telstra HFC network.
“The team remains at the forefront of technology developments and continues to innovate to bring the best network to all Australians, as quickly and affordably as possible. The flexibility of the multi-technology mix allows us to choose the right technology for each area and deliver the project on time and on budget,” Morrow said.
“We remain confident of reaching our goal of completing the build and connecting eight million Australian premises by 2020.”