Telstra tops latest NBN wholesale tally, again

Telstra tops latest NBN wholesale tally, again

The latest update shows FTTN still primary delivery method for high-speed internet

Telstra still tops the list of National Broadband Network (NBN) resellers, according to the latest quarterly report on the NBN wholesale market.

The company behind the rollout of the national network, nbn, has submitted its latest report to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) on the number of NBN access services offered by and available to resellers.

An NBN wholesale access service is used by an NBN access seeker to supply a retail service directly to its own customers or to supply a wholesale service to another retail service provider.

“For the first time, this report includes the number of NBN services in operation on HFC [hybrid fibre-coaxial] and long-term satellite access technologies,” ACCC chairman, Rod Sims, said. “The inclusion of HFC networks and long-term satellite provides a more detailed picture of the roll out of the multi-technology mix [MTM].

“Since the first report in April 2016, [nbn] has almost doubled the number of wholesale access services it supplies across different access technologies.”

“It is interesting to note the development of the long-term satellite market, with four smaller, regionally based retail service providers capturing more than 80 per cent of the satellite market share in remote and regional Australia,” Sims added.

Telstra tops the list of current connections with almost 51 per cent of the 1.48 million NBN fixed-line services in operation, trailed by TPG (26 per cent), Optus (14 per cent) and Vocus (7 per cent). If fixed wireless services are included, the percentage of services supplied by Telstra climbs slightly.

“While still early days in the acquisition of services over the NBN, it is pleasing to note that competitors are making inroads into Telstra’s traditional dominance of broadband services in regional areas,” Sims added.

“The report demonstrates that competitors to Telstra are providing 47 per cent of NBN services to end users in the regions, which is considerably above their traditional share of customers in these areas.

“In metropolitan areas, however, Telstra’s share of NBN services is around their traditional market share.

“The most popular speed tier acquired continues to be 25/5 Mbps. However there has been a large increase in the number of 100/40 Mbps being acquired,” he said.

The company behind the NBN is required to provide details to the ACCC each quarter of network access for resellers under the terms of the NBN Services in Operation Record Keeping Rules (NBN SIO RKR).

These require the provider or nbn to detail the number of Access Virtual Circuit (AVC) services in operation, the amount of Connectivity Virtual Circuit (CVC) capacity being acquired and average CVC utilisation over the NBN.

The access virtual circuit (AVC) numbers are split between the seven delivery categories of the nbn including: fibre-to-the-premise (FTTP); fibre-to-the-basement (FTTB); fibre-to-the-node (FTTN); hybrid fibre coaxial (HFC); wireless; satellite; and interim satellite.

Unsurprisingly, the largest amount in this category comes from FTTN connections. Total available AVCs via FTTP total 1,014,990; second is FTTN with 411,220 followed by wireless at 156,399. Satellite connections totalled 58,829; FTTB connections contributed 43,097 to the total; HFC connections came to 14,551; and interim satellite AVCs came to 10,184.

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