NBN Co hits back at TPG with Fibre-to-the-Building launch

NBN Co hits back at TPG with Fibre-to-the-Building launch

Pilot recorded average speeds of 89Mbps download and 36Mbps upload

NBN Co has officially launched its Fibre-to-the-Building (FttB) product and is in the process of rolling the technology out to 6,000 premises.

A pilot of the technology recently recorded average speeds of 89Mbps download and 36Mbps upload.

The Fibre-to-the-Node (FttN) technology, which replaces NBN Co's previous Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) model, is set for commercial launch in the third quarter of 2015.

NBN Co’s FttB product is one of a wide suite of broadband technologies that is already, or soon will be, made available to its customers, 44 phone and internet companies, to sell to families and businesses.

But the commercial product launch is five months behind schedule. This has given rival TPG a chance to take a a larger share of the lucrative city market.

This could make it difficult for NBN Co to turn a profit, while also providing services in remote and rural areas.

FttB allows families and businesses in multi-dwelling units (such as apartment complexes and office blocks) to receive fast broadband services by connecting fibre-optic cable to existing building wiring.

The company is already in the process of rolling out FttB technology to 6,000 homes and businesses in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra.

More than one million homes and businesses across Australia are earmarked to receive the National Broadband Network over FttB.

NBN Co chief customer officer, John Simon, said the company had worked customers and the retail service providers, to develop the FttB product, and that it had been met with enthusiasm from industry.

“FttB demonstrates that existing infrastructure has a critical role to play in delivering fast broadband to millions of Australians," he said.

“Eliminating the need for individual building designs and in-building wiring cuts down on construction time.

He said it also removed the need to install new equipment in the home, while accelerating the ability of people to connect.

“We’ve been delighted with the results achieved in our FttB pilot, with families and businesses reporting high rates of satisfaction and receiving an average of 89Mbps download and 36Mbps upload,” he said.

Simon said the FttB product launch formed a strong foundation for the Fibre-to-the-Node capability which remained on course for a commercial launch in the third quarter.

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