ACCC releases quarterly report on the NBN wholesale market

2 February 2017

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has released its quarterly National Broadband Network Wholesale Market Indicators Report for the period ending 31 December 2016.

“For the first time, this report includes the number of NBN services in operation on HFC 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. Since the first report in April 2016, NBN Co 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% of the satellite market share in remote and regional Australia,” Mr Sims said.

Key points from the December report:

  • NBN Co was supplying a total of 1,705,270 broadband wholesale access services, an increase of 316,605 (28%) since the last reporting period.
  • There were 54,829 long term satellite services in operation. Australian Private Networks Pty Limited has the leading market share, followed by Skymesh Pty Limited.
  • There were 14,551 HFC services in operation. Optus has the most services, followed by TPG and Telstra.
  • Demand for aggregate network capacity (Connectivity Virtual Circuit) continues to increase with NBN Co contracted to supply 1,785 gigabits per second, up from 1,535 gigabits per second in October 2016.
  • The top four acquirers of NBN access services remain Telstra, TPG, Optus and Vocus.

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

“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.” 

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

Notes to editors

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

The report covers the number of NBN services in operation by access technology, such as FTTP, FTTB, FTTN, HFC, fixed wireless, long-term satellite and interim satellite. It also covers these services by geographic region, speed tier, and the split between voice, business, and residential broadband.

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 separately identified in this report.

The report also includes data on the contracted CVC 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. The report also includes the number of services by speed tier.

Release number: 
MR 7/17
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