A new industry consortium will overlay a FTTH (Fibre-to-the-Home) network solution in Queensland’s Sanctuary Cove in preparation for the National Broadband Network (NBN).
Utilibill, Telcoinabox and Universal Communications Group have formed an alliance to approach brownfields sites – existing homes and buildings that need an infrastructure overlay to take advantage of the upcoming NBN rollout. Universal Communications Group general manager, Roger McArthur, said the alliance was formed to take advantage of combined resources in what should prove to be a lucrative business opportunity.
While the greenfield market was large, it was slow growing in terms of connecting homes to fibre. McArthur claimed around 10,000 new estate sites nationally have been connected so far. The real market was the brownfield sites, from retirement villages and gated communities to high rises, he said in a statement.
McArthur told ARN it was seeing increased interest from brownfield residential locations owned by a body corporate looking to deploy FTTH solutions.
“The most addressable rollouts are ones involving multiple resident buildings where the infrastructure is owned by the body corporate,” he said. “We’re in discussions with apartment buildings, retirement villages and councils.”
The consortium’s first customer is Sanctuary Cove, which features approximately 1100 homes. Overlaying the FTTH infrastructure will cost between $2000-$2500 per building. An additional 800 homes under development will also be connected to the community network. The infrastructure is expected to be switched on in November.
One concern for implementation is the pipe, McArthur said. The Sanctuary Cove case was relatively straightforward, as the body corporate acquired the pipe from Telstra. But McArthur hoped the Government, through the NBN rollout, would acquire additional piping for other sites.