Communications Minister, Senator Stephen Conroy, has speculated that a commercial deal between Optus and NBN Co could see the telco’s cable television services delivered over the National Broadband Network.
Many Optus services, including its pay TV products, are currently provided over its own HFC networks. Any deal is likely to see the HFC network switched off.
Speaking to the ABC’s Madonna King, Conroy’s comments were made when answering a listener’s question about what would happen to his Optus services once the NBN rolled in.
“We’re in discussions with Optus, as in the National Broadband Network are, about the possibility of migrating broadband customers across to the NBN,” he said. “There’ll be a commercial decisions made…what that could mean is when fibre comes and gets connected to your home those services are delivered through the fibre, rather than the HFC.”
The comments come on the back of rising speculation that a deal between Optus and NBN Co is imminent. The government-owned entity would provide Optus with compensation in a bid to make the telco move its customers onto the NBN.
But Optus said the comments were purely speculative and that its discussions with NBN Co were similar to those being held with other telco providers.
A similar deal to move Telstra customers onto the NBN was signed in June for $11 billion of taxpayer funds. Under the proposed arrangements, Telstra’s ducts and other infrastructure would be used to help NBN Co’s rollout.