NBN Co to trial HFC cable TV in Australia

DetailsRebecca Hawkes | 22 December 2014

Australia's government-owned National Broadband Network (NBN) Co is to launch a customer pilot on its newly acquired cable TV network, with commercial services expected early in 2016.

The news follows the recent deals to gain cable infrastructure from Telstra and Optus, and is part of the country's drive to install a multi-technology National Broadband Network, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Telstra is to sell its copper and hybrid fibre coaxial (HFC) network to NBN Co, which will also acquire Optus's HFC network in a re-run of the deals reached with Australia's previous government. Telstra will also provide planning and design services for the project over the next four years.

"The recently revised definitive agreements between Telstra and NBN Co allows for the incorporation of existing networks in parts of the country where it represents the fastest and most cost effective way to deliver the NBN," said John Simon, chief customer officer, NBN Co.

NBN Co is aiming to connect 1.9 million homes by the middle of 2016, thanks in part to a plan to install fibre-to-the-basement (FTTB) to 20 multi-dwelling units per month from March 2015. NBN Co will begin industry consultation on a fibre-on-demand product in January 2015.