nbn's broadband wholesale access services around Australia has increased to just over 3 million in the quarter ended 30 September, a significant increase from 2.5 million access services reported in June.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) released its quarterly report on the National Broadband Network (NBN) wholesale market, which also revealed the amount of CVC (connectivity virtual circuit) capacity acquired by access seekers increased to 3,452 gigabits per second, up from 2,820 in the June quarter.
There are currently 26 access seekers groups, which are telecommunications providers such as Telstra, TPG, Optus, Vocus, Aussie Broadband, Harbour ISP, SkyMesh among others.
The top four, Telstra, Optus, TPG Group and Vocus, are connected at all 121 POIs (points of interconnection). According to the report, at all of the 121 POIs there is at least one additional access seeker, at 112 of the POIs there are at least two additional access seekers, and at 71 of the POIs there are at least three more access seekers.
In the June report, there were at least five access seeker groups acquiring wholesale services directly from nbn, the company behind the NBN, at 118 POIs and six access seeker groups at 89 of the 121 POIs.
According to ACCC, competition is increasing as more access seekers have built sufficient scale to directly connect with the NBN at more POIs.
“This report provides a clear indication of the level of competition developing over the NBN,” ACCC chairman, Rod Sims, said.
“Some of the small players are experiencing rapid growth and this shows promise for future competition. Direct connection will allow smaller retail service providers to have more control over their network in terms of how much connectivity virtual circuit they provision.”
The consumer watchdog said it is monitoring how much CVC is being acquired and used, to complement its broadband monitoring program.
The report found that the proportion of broadband access services acquired at metropolitan POIs has increased from 33 per cent in September 2016 to 41 per cent in the September 2017 quarter.
The number of premises connected via HFC (Hybrid Fibre Co-Axial) almost doubled, totaling now 290,749.
The most popular speed tier continues to be 25/5 Mbps with 55 per cent of all services connected. That was followed by 12 megabits per second with 29 per cent, 100 megabits per second with 12 per cent and 50 megabits per second with 4 per cent.