ACCC publishes latest NBN wholesale statistics


By: NexTel Australia

July 28, 2019

Almost 4.5 million customers are now receiving a broadband service via the National Broadband Network (NBN), the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has revealed with the publication of its latest ‘NBN Wholesale Market Indicators Report’. Per the regulator, as at 30 September 2018 there were a total of 4.488 million subscribers being served across all the various elements of the NBN, up from 3.038 million a year earlier. Of those, the largest proportion (2.246 million) are served via fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) technology, almost double the 1.217 million reported a year earlier. Fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) connections were the next largest, at 1.297 million, up 10.6% year-on-year, while HFC accesses numbered 442,542 (3Q17: 290,749).

With work in New South Wales scheduled to begin on 18 March, Vodafone Australia’s customers in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) are already said to be experiencing the benefits of the newly allocated 4G 2100Mhz spectrum. Looking ahead, meanwhile, similar upgrades in Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia are expected to be undertaken ‘throughout 2019’.

In terms of the providers offer access over the NBN to consumers, Telstra served the largest number of subscribers – 2.237 million at end-September 2018, up from 1.504 million a year earlier. TPG Group had a total of 974,311 customers accessing its service via the NBN at the end of the reporting period, up from 691,588, while Optus had 609,602 (3Q17: 409,022), and Vocus 386,551 (261,588).

Also of note, almost 50% of all NBN-based customers are now signed up to a service offering downlink speeds of at least 50Mbps. With there being 1.838 million customers on the 50Mbps NBN tariff at end-September 2018, up from just 122,268 a year earlier, the number of 100Mbps accesses was up 11% y-o-y at 394,926, though this was down from a peak of 414,002 at end-March 2018.

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