Australia - National Broadband Network - The NBN company

Synopsis

NBN Co was launched in April 2009 as a government business enterprise (GBE), wholly owned by the Commonwealth of Australia. It is overseen by ‘shareholder ministers’ – the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy and the Minister of Finance and Deregulation. NBN Co in 2015 was rebranded as NBN, and is here cited separately to the NBN (as the infrastructure).

The purpose of the company is to build a nationwide, wholesale-only, high-speed, open broadband network. Since its inception it has been selecting technology and designing the network and systems, as well as developing a wholesale product offering.

In its original plan under the previous government, the company would connect 93% of homes, schools and workplaces to an optical fibre network (fibre-to-the-home – FttH), providing high-speed broadband services to Australians in urban and regional towns. The remaining 7% of premises would be connected to an LTE-based fixed wireless network, and for those outside these footprints to a satellite network.

With the arrival of a new government, the original plan was replaced by what they call an ‘Optimised Multi-Technology Mix’.

Despite the downgrade the government promised that under the new plan at least 90% of Australians would get broadband speeds of about 50Mb/s by year-end 2019.

The new plan would cost $41 billion (which has since been increased to approx $50 billion). It is a move away from a pure FttH plan to a multi-technology approach deploying FttH, FttN, FttB/DP and HFC in addition to fixed wireless and satellite.

This report also provides financial and operational information regarding the NBN as well as the company’s corporate plan, including forecasts. It also provides on overview of the various network developments and analyses as they occur over the roll our period.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Highlights Full Year Results 2016
    • 2.1 Statistical Overview
    • 2.2 Broadband Market Share by technology
      • 2.2.1 December 2016
      • 2.2.2 June 2016
    • 2.3 Analysis
  • 3. Corporate Plans
    • 3.1 NBN Corporate Plan 2017
    • 3.2 NBN Corporate Plan for the period 2014 – 2018
  • 4. Highlights annual report 2014/2015
  • 5. The network plan
    • 5.1 Overall design and architecture
    • 5.2 User access to the network
    • 5.3 The backhaul network
    • 5.4 ACCC location of 121 POIs
    • 5.5 Points-of-interconnect (POI) architecture
    • 5.6 PoI network redundancy
    • 5.7 Paid for Network Extension
    • 5.8 IPv6 transition
  • 6. Three year construction plan 2015-2018
  • 7. Other developments
    • 7.1 NBN top-up 2016/17
    • 7.2 Progress towards the Multi-Technology Mix
    • 7.3 NBN Co buys TransACT
    • 7.4 Mobile Backhaul
  • 8. Telstra upgrades pit and pipe infrastructure
  • 9. NBN Infrastructure Co-Development Program
  • 10. NBN Co 2009- 2013 (Historic)
  • 11. Analyses
    • 11.1 Building Australia’s white elephant – cheap buy for white knight Telstra
    • 11.2 Current NBN business model is flawed
    • 11.3 How independent is NBN Co?
    • 11.4 NBN Co threat to proper broadband competition
    • 11.5 NBN Co should open up its networks to others
  • 12. Other reports
  • Table 1 – NBN Revenue Statistics – 2013-2016
  • Table 2 – NBN ARPU – 2013-2016
  • Table 3 – End user subscriptions – 2013-2016
  • Table 4 – NBN take-up rate – activated services vs serviceable premises – 2013-2016
  • Table 5 – NBN Capital Expenditure – 2013-2016
  • Table 6 – Cost per premises 2014-2016
  • Table 7 –Property, Plan, Equipment and Intangible Assets
  • Table 8 – FY 2017 Targets
  • Table 9 – Key highlights in FY2016
  • Table 10 – Market Share by technology for Broadband Circuits - (Dec 2016) FTTP
  • Table 11 – Market Share by technology for Broadband Circuits (Dec 2016) - FTTB
  • Table 12 – Market Share by technology for Broadband Circuits -(Dec 2016) FTTN
  • Table 13 – Market Share by technology for Broadband Circuits - (Dec 2016) Wireless
  • Table 14 – Market Share by technology for Broadband Circuits (Dec 2016) – Interim Satellite
  • Table 15 – Market Share by technology for Broadband Circuits - (Jun 2016) FTTP
  • Table 16 – Market Share by technology for Broadband Circuits - (Jun 2016FTTB
  • Table 17 – Market Share by technology for Broadband Circuits - (Jun 2016) FTTN
  • Table 18 – Market Share by technology for Broadband Circuits - (Jun 2016) Wireless
  • Table 19 – Market Share by technology for Broadband Circuits – (Jun 2016) Interim Satellite
  • Table 20 - Premises Ready for Service 2014-2018
  • Table 21 - Premises Activated 2014 - 2018
  • Table 22 - Technology mix – 2020
  • Table 23 - Weighted average cost per premise by technology
  • Table 24 - Key financial statistics NBN company
  • Table 25 – NBN 2018 target by state – Estimated number of premises under construction by September 2018
  • Table 26 – Key highlights in FY2015
  • Table 27 - List of points of interconnection to the National Broadband Network - November 2012
  • Exhibit 1 - IT Platform and capabilities

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Last updated 10 Feb 2017
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