Optus To Tear Up Fibre Network After ACCC Approve NBN Deal
Following yesterday’s decision, Optus Australia boss Paul Sullivan said the migration of customers to NBN infrastructure would begin in 2014.
Payments from NBN Co would be received progressively as the customers were migrated. The program should be completed – and the 800 million smackers banked – by 2018, Sullivan said.
Dismantling up of the HFC cable network – along with a similar cable network operated by Telstra – has been highly criticised by the Federal Opposition spokesman Malcolm Turnbull.
Turnbull has argued the HFC networks should be retained in areas where they now operate – mainly eastern states capitals – obviating the need for new optical fibre. But NBN supporters say NBN fibre will be superior to HFC, supplying high speeds in both directions.
In any case the Opposition’s ability to stop the process, should it win government next year, now appears difficult to turn back, following acceptance of the contracts involved.