A good proportion of the hybrid fibre coax networks operated by the two major operators in Australia, Telstra and Optus, has been upgraded to DOCSIS 3.0 since 2010 as a way of remaining competitive in the current broadband market. Their investments indicate their support for consumer demand for faster broadband services. The roll out of the National Broadband Network will have considerable repercussions to their business case, given that customers in NBN areas will be migrated to the new fibre network.
The other main player is TransACT, operating a hybrid fibre coax network in Ballarat, Geelong and Mildura, with all of these regions also having received a million dollar upgrade to the higher-speed 100Mb/s. Since the acquisition of TransACT by iiNet in late 2011, these networks will now be integrated in the company’s overall infrastructure plans.
There are fewer than one million cable broadband subscribers, accounting for less than to 8% of the total broadband market in Australia. However, most of these subscribers are high-end users providing relatively high ARPU for the cablecos.
In this report BuddeComm provides an overview of the hybrid fibre coax networks run by the operators. It also gives background information on technologies, together with market statistics in both the text and in tables and charts. The report assesses the potential market growth of hybrid fibre coax networks in the years leading to the deployment of the National Broadband Network.
NBN transition developments; fibre; DOCSIS upgrades to 3.1; calls for HFC wholesale access services; ABS data to June 2013; market developments to October 2013.
Companies mentioned in this report include – AUSTAR, Optus, FOXTEL, Telstra, Neighbourhood Cable, TransACT.