NBN puts HFC rollout on hold

Works to fix performance issues

NBN will press pause on its rollout of further hybrid fibre-coaxial (HFC) connections while it works to address poor performance encountered by end users.

NBN CEO Bill Morrow announced today that “effective immediately” it would delay new HFC activations until it can “calibrate a number of processes” and deliver higher quality connections using the technology.

Morrow said that end users with HFC connections had encountered dropouts and that there were also issues encountered when migrating to the new network.

The CEO said that for premises that are slated to be connected using the technology but do not yet have active services there will be a six to nine month delay. (Morrow said that customers that have already placed an order will still be connected, however.)

Morrow said that customers affected by the delay will still be able to access non-NBN telephony and broadband services, either over ADSL or through HFC.

NBN expects to ultimately connect some 3 million premises with HFC. Some 1 million premises were — until today’s announcement — able to order an HFC-based NBN service. There are 375,000 households with active NBN services using HFC connections, and 50,000 premises waiting for activation.

Morrow said there was “no risk at all” of a repeat of September 2016 when NBN largely dumped its plan to use Optus’ HFC-based pay TV infrastructure. The current rollout of the technology is based on Telstra’s HFC infrastructure.

He said he still had faith in HFC describing it as a “wonderful technology” that can deliver high speeds at a low cost.

The CEO said that it was too early to assess whether there would be a financial impact from the decision, but said NBN was still on track to complete the new network in 2020.

“In order to meet a higher level of service quality, NBN Co will be performing advanced network testing and remediation where needed, wholesale connector replacements, signal amplification calibration, and lead-in work as required,” NBN said.

NBN has previously been subject to significant criticism over another of its key fixed-line technologies, fibre to the node.

Telstra to assess impact on revenue

In a statement to the ASX, Telstra said that its FY18 guidance “included an assumption that the nbn rollout would be broadly in accordance with the nbn Corproate Plan 2017.” NBN in August issued an updated corporate plan, the telco noted.

“Telstra will assess the effect of today’s announcement in conjunction with the nbn co Corporate Plan 2018 on its outlook for FY18 and advise the market once that assessment is complete. The delay in the nbn rollout will delay a proportion of the payments to Telstra from nbn into future periods.”

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags broadbandNetworkingnbn conational broadband networkNational Broadband Network (NBN)

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Rohan Pearce

Rohan Pearce

Computerworld
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?