NBN Co sets target of 90,000 fibre-to-the-basement connections in 2015
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Sources said the higher costs were caused by contractors demanding more pay to work on the project. Photo: Rob HomerNBN Co is aiming to have 90,000 homes and businesses ready to connect to its fibre-to-the-basement network by the end of 2015.
It comes as the broadband provider on Tuesday launched its FTTB service, with 2000 customers across 18 apartment blocks now having the chance to connect to the network through various internet service providers.. NBN Co had been running trials before the launch.
NBN Co chief customer officer John Simon said that during trials users were getting speeds near 89 megabits per second for download and 36Mbps for upload.
NBN Co estimates about 1 million end users will be connected to FTTB once the rollout is complete.
About 30 per cent of premises in Australia are MDU (multi-dwelling units), but only about one-third of those have more than about a dozen end-user premises, Mr Simon said.
“Many of them might not be served at all by fibre to the basement. Where the economics makes sense, they might be served by fibre to the node,” Mr Simon said.
While there was no black-and-white number for required end users in an MDU, Mr Simon said the smaller the apartment block, the less likely it would be part of the FTTB rollout.
“Until we do the design for each building, we don’t finalise an outcome, but generally you would expect the economics aren’t going to be too favourable for something that has got under nine end-users premises – but that’s not a hard rule that they apply,” he said.
NBN Co has already commenced work on a further 500-600 MDUs.
Mr Simon said NBN Co had come across competing technology while rolling out its FTTB network.
“We do know that some buildings that we’re constructing into today do have other providers and we are building out in those buildings as well,” Mr Simon said.
TPG’s competing network is aiming to connect about 500,000 homes to its FTTB services, which it has to offer wholesale services for, in metropolitan areas.
TPG chief executive David Teoh said last week that the FTTB rollout was moving slowly due to having to convince strata committees of the product as well as the impact of having to stop sales because of a change in government regulation forcing it to create wholesale plans for other internet service providers.
Mr Simon claimed NBN Co was having few problems with strata boards.
“Most of, that we can see, the body corporate are welcoming for NBN because they can see that most importantly we bring a large amount of competition and therefore more choice for end users, or their residents,” Mr Simon said.
However, Mr Simon again acknowledged that competing wholesale networks present an issue.
“Our business plan is predicated on rolling out to a certain number of premises. If there is wholesale cherry-picking across the board in large parts of that, that will have an economic impact to the business plan,” Mr Simon said.
“All we can do is do what we’re doing and accelerate our rollout. “
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