The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has released its fifth quarterly National Broadband Network Wholesale Market Indicators Report for the period ending 31 March 2017.

Key points from the March report:

  • NBN Co was supplying a total of 2,071,123 broadband wholesale access services, an increase of 365,853 since the last reporting period.
  • The number of HFC services in operation were 63,475 (up from the 14,551 reported in the December quarter).
  • Demand for aggregate network capacity (Connectivity Virtual Circuit) continues to increase with NBN Co contracted to supply 2,149 gigabits per second, up 20 per cent from 1,785 gigabits per second in December 2016.

“The NBN rollout to date has largely been in regional areas. Competitors to Telstra are supplying 46% of services in the regions compared with traditional market shares for broadband services where Telstra often had well over 60% market share,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.

There are at least 4 access seeker groups acquiring NBN wholesale services directly at all 121 points of interconnection (POI).

The ACCC says 55 per cent of all services acquired are at the 25/5 Mbps speed tier.

“The most popular speed tier on the NBN remains 25/5 Mbps,” Mr Sims said. 

View the full report NBN Wholesale Market Indicators Report.

Notes to editors

This is the ACCC’s fifth 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, and satellite. It also covers these services by geographic region, speed tier, and the split between voice (traffic class 1), business (traffic class 2), and residential broadband (traffic class 4).

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.