ACCC releases quarterly report on the NBN wholesale market

2 November 2016

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has released its quarterly National Broadband Network Wholesale Market Indicators Report for the period ending 30 September 2016, detailing the size and structure of emerging wholesale access markets.

“The report covers the number of NBN services in operation by access technology, such as FTTP, FTTB, FTTN, fixed wireless and interim satellite. It also covers these services by geographic region, speed tier, and the split between voice, business, and residential broadband,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.

Key points from the report:

  • NBN Co is supplying 252,319 more broadband wholesale access services than the last reporting period, taking its total to 1,388,665.
  • NBN Co is contracted to supply 1,535 gigabits per second of aggregate network capacity (Connectivity Virtual Circuits), up from 1,235 gigabits per second.
  • The most popular speed tier being acquired continues to be 25/5 Mbps
  • The top four acquirers of NBN access services are Telstra, the TPG Group, Optus, and Vocus. Telstra remains the largest acquirer of wholesale access services on a national basis, having a wholesale market share of 49.7%.

“Telstra’s market share of NBN access services in metropolitan areas is 43%, which is similar to its market share of traditional broadband technologies. In regional areas, where it has enjoyed much larger market shares, up to 90% in some areas, Telstra’s market share of  wholesale NBN access services is around 55%,” Mr Sims said.

HFC and Long Term Satellite services will be reported for the first time in the next quarterly report in January 2017.

Click here for the full report: NBN Wholesale Market Indicators Report.

Notes to editors

This is the ACCC’s third quarterly Wholesale Market Indicators Report. The report details the number of the wholesale access services acquired over the NBN, subject to regulation under Part XIC of the Competition and Consumer Act (2010).

An NBN wholesale access service is used by an NBN access seeker to supply a retail service directly to its own customers, or alternatively, to supply a wholesale service to another retail service provider. Some retail service providers choose to only resell NBN services acquired from other NBN access seekers. Those services are not included in this report.

The report also includes data on the 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 200/16
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