ACCC releases quarterly report on the NBN wholesale market

29 July 2016

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has today released its quarterly National Broadband Network (NBN) Wholesale Market Indicators Report for the period ending 30 June 2016.

The report provides a detailed view of the size and structure of emerging wholesale access markets as the NBN roll out continues.

“The ACCC’s report provides an update on NBN’s current access technologies, including the newer NBN access technologies of FTTB and FTTN,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said today.

“Future reports will also include data on NBN’s HFC services. Over time, we expect these quarterly reports will provide information on trends related to the take up of various NBN services and provide an overview of the wholesale market.”

Key points from the report:

  • As at 30 June 2016, NBN Co was supplying 1,136,346 wholesale access services and had been contracted to supply 1,235 gigabits per second of aggregate network capacity (Connectivity Virtual Circuits), up from 941,235 services and 1,004 gigabits per second as at 30 March 2016.
  • Telstra was the largest acquirer of wholesale access services on a national basis. The majority of the remaining access services were acquired by the TPG Group, Singtel Optus and Vocus.
  • Other carriers also acquired NBN wholesale access services, but only met the reporting threshold of a 5 percentage point market share in respect of wireless and satellite services.

The full report is available at: NBN Wholesale Market Indicators Report.

Background

This is the ACCC’s second Wholesale Market Indicators Report. The report is published quarterly with the next due in late October 2016.

The report details the number of the wholesale access services acquired over the NBN, which are subject to regulation under Part XIC of the Competition and Consumer Act (2010).

A wholesale access service can be used by an NBN access seeker to supply a retail service, or alternatively to supply a wholesale service to another NBN access seeker or a retail service provider. The report does not provide a view of the structure of NBN retail markets.

In particular, an access seeker that has a relatively small share of NBN wholesale access services can still hold a larger share of NBN retail services where it also resells another service provider’s NBN services. Similarly, there are some service providers who have chosen to only resell NBN services rather than become an NBN access seeker.

The report also includes data on the aggregated contracted throughput capacity on the NBN – that is, the aggregate contracted capacity across all NBN connectivity virtual circuits, and the number of NBN Access Seekers at NBN Points of Interconnection.

Release number: 
MR 139/16
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