NBN confirmed it will offer wholesale services over the HFC network in 2016, after it received the go-ahead to take over Telstra’s copper and HFC cables.
The agreement was announced in December, but has only now received final approval from the ACCC after various revisions to Telstra’s migration plan. NBN today stated that wholesale NBN services delivered via HFC are on track for a commercial launch in 2016.
Work has also already begun to connect 400,000 premises to the NBN via fibre to the node, which uses the copper network to cover the final distance to each premises. The first of these connections will come online this year, NBN stated today.
The changes to the migration plan approved today include an extension to the time allowed for the disconnection of services used to support fire alarms or lift phones that have been registered with NBN. The ACCC today encouraged those responsible for fire alarms and lift phones to register their services with NBN in order to receive this benefit.
The ACCC reminded users that connection got the NBN is not automatic and they should “act early” to order an NBN service when it comes time for their region to migrate to the new national network.