Australia - National Broadband Network - Statistics and Analysis

Synopsis

Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN) is delivered via a multi-technology mix (MTM) to homes and businesses including: fibre to the premises (FTTP), fibre to the building (FTTB), fibre to the node (FTTN), Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC), fixed wireless and satellite.

The purpose of the company nbn is to build a nationwide, wholesale-only, high-speed, affordable open broadband network. NBN Co was rebranded as nbn, the company overseeing Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN) project. As it does not provide telecommunications services to retail customers, the market opened up existing and new licensed RSPs (Retail Service Providers).

The NBN will increase Australia’s GDP by up to $10 billion and create up to 150,000 new jobs nationally in the digital industry by 2021. The establishment of businesses in areas served by the NBN so far grew at twice the rate of the national average and five times the pace of regions without the network.

NBN Co announced plans in 2018 to be able to more efficiently deploy fibre to the curb (FTTC) services instead of its more conventional DSLAM-based fibre to the basement (FTTB) services when connecting smaller multi-dwelling units (MDUs).

The industry has started to seriously question the regulatory environment around the NBN. The smaller players believe they are in danger of being squeezed out of the market through complex and expensive NBN wholesale offerings. These same arrangements also mean that the end-users are not receiving the benefits of high-speed broadband in an affordable form.

NBN Co has revealed plans to begin deploying “skinny fibre” (thinner fibre cables) in new housing estates from 2017-2018.

The National Broadband Network announced it would entirely abandon its plan to use the Optus Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) network to deliver high-speed broadband. NBN will however still be using Telstra’s more extensive HFC network as planned.

Key developments

  • NBN Co deploy fibre to the curb (FTTC) services instead of DSLAM-based fibre.
  • NBN Co will deploy “skinny fibre” (thinner fibre cables)
  • The NBN will increase Australia’s GDP by up to $10 billion.

Companies mentioned in this report:

NBN; Austar; Ericsson; Visionstream; Optus, iiNet, AUSTAR, Foxtel, Neighbourhood Cable, TransACT. Optus, Telstra, nbn (NBN Co), LBNCo, OPENetworks, OptiComm, RedTrain, Pivit, Fibercorp.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. National Broadband Network (NBN)
    • 2.1 Overview
    • 2.2 Corporate plan - 2019-2022
    • 2.3 Wholesale provider overview
    • 2.4 Market analysis
    • 2.5 Regional improvements
  • 3. NBN Market statistics
    • 3.1 Revenue Statistics
    • 3.2 Subscriptions
    • 3.3 Broadband market share by provider
  • 4. Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP)
    • 4.1 Statistics
    • 4.2 Major players
      • 4.2.1 LBNCo
      • 4.2.2 OPENetworks
      • 4.2.3 OptiComm
      • 4.2.4 Pivit
      • 4.2.5 Fibercorp
      • 4.2.6 RedTrain
    • 4.3 Historical developments
    • 4.4 Greenfield estates
  • 5. Fibre-to-the-Basement (FTTB)
  • 6. Fibre-to-the-Node (FTTN)
  • 7. Fibre-to-the-Curb (FTTC)
  • 8. G.Fast and XG.Fast
  • 9. HFC (Cable) Networks
    • 9.1 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) - Technology
      • 9.1.1 Introduction
      • 9.1.2 DOCSIS 3.0
      • 9.1.3 DOCSIS 3.1
    • 9.2 HFC – NBN Developments
      • 9.2.1 NBN HFC rollout
      • 9.2.2 DOCSIS 3.1 rollout
    • 9.3 NBN statistics
    • 9.4 Operator statistics
    • 9.5 HFC operators
      • 9.5.1 Telstra
      • 9.5.2 Optus
      • 9.5.3 IiNet/TransACT
  • 10. Fixed wireless networks
    • 10.1 Overview
    • 10.2 Network rollout
    • 10.3 Market analysis
      • 10.3.1 The role of the NBN in the development of 5G
      • 10.3.2 Why Wireless Broadband will co-exist with fixed broadband - Analysis
      • 10.3.3 NBN facilitates wireless competition
    • 10.4 Fixed wireless statistics
  • 11. The NBN satellite network
    • 11.1 SKY MUSTER
    • 11.2 Ka-band satellites
    • 11.3 Contracts
      • 11.3.1 Satellite launch contracts
      • 11.3.2 Via Sat to supply satellite ground equipment
      • 11.3.3 Ground station gateways
    • 11.4 Telstra
    • 11.5 Viasat
  • 12. Related reports
  • Table 1 – NBN Revenue ($million) Statistics – 2013 - 2018
  • Table 2 – NBN ARPU – 2013 - 2018
  • Table 3 – NBN Capital Expenditure – 2013 - 2018
  • Table 4 – Cost per premises – 2014 -2017
  • Table 5 – Historic - Property, Plan, Equipment and Intangible Assets
  • Table 6 – NBN premises activated, Ready for Service (thousands) – 2011 - 2018
  • Table 7 – Cumulative End User Subscriptions by Technology – 2013 - 2018
  • Table 8 – Market Share – Subscriptions – 2013 - 2018
  • Table 9 – Cumulative Premises Ready For Service – 2016 - 2017
  • Table 10 – Historic - Market Share Premises Ready For Service – 2016 - 2017
  • Table 11 – Fixed Line Speed Tier Mix – 2016 - 2017
  • Table 12 – Fixed Wireless Speed Tier Mix – 2016 - 2017
  • Table 13 – Sky Muster Satellite Service Speed Tier Mix – 2016 - 2017
  • Table 14 – NBN premises activated by platform – 2016 - 2017
  • Table 15 – NBN premises serviceable by platform – 2016 - 2017
  • Table 16 – Historic - NBN premises activated by platform – 2014 - 2016
  • Table 17 – Historic - NBN fibre premises serviceable by type – 2012 – 2016
  • Table 18 – Historic - NBN fibre premises activated – 2011 – 2016
  • Table 19 – FTTP - Market Share - by Provider – June 2018
  • Table 20 – FTTB -- Market Share - by Provider – June 2018
  • Table 21 – FTTN- Market Share - by Provider – June 2018
  • Table 22 – HFC - Market Share - by Provider – June 2018
  • Table 23 – Wireless - Market Share - by Provider – June 2018
  • Table 24 – Satellite - Market Share - by Provider – June 2018
  • Table 25 – NBN revenue statistics FTTP / FTTP– FY 2013 - 2017
  • Table 26 – FTTP subscriber statistics – 2013 - 2018
  • Table 27 – Annual FTTP / FTTP capital expenditure – FY 2013 - 2017
  • Table 28 – FTTP Cost per premise – FY 2014-2016
  • Table 29 – FTTP Greenfields rollouts 2014 - 2016
  • Table 30 – FTTP Greenfields Rollouts 2014 - 2016
  • Table 31 – FttN expenditure – 2014 - 2016
  • Table 32 – HFC Roll out plan 2016 - 2018
  • Table 33 – HFC Current Roll out status – 2016 - 2017
  • Table 34 - Weighted average cost per HFC premise (rounded nearest $100)
  • Table 35 – NBN capital expenditure – FY2015 - 2017
  • Table 36 – HFC- Market Share - by Provider – June 2017
  • Table 37 – Cable broadband subscribers by major operator and annual change – 2002 - 2017
  • Table 38 – Optus on-net broadband subscribers – 2009 - 2018
  • Table 39 – NBN Cost per premises fixed wireless – FY 2014 - 2017
  • Table 40 – FTTH Wireless Rollouts FY 2014 - 2017
  • Table 41 – NBN Capital expenditure fixed wireless – FY 2013 - 2017
  • Table 42 – NBN ARPU Fixed wireless – FY 2014-2016
  • Table 43 – Satellite Rollouts 2014 - 2016

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