Telstra Lose Market Share In Latest NBN Quarterly Numbers
The ACCC has rolled out its latest NBN Wholesale Market Indicators Report, with the new numbers including for the first time the number of NBN services in operation on HFC and long-term satellite access technologies.
ACCC chairman Rod Sims says that “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.”
In addition, Sims notes “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.”
Since the previous quarterly report, NBN Co has increased its total supplied services by 28% to 1,705,270 wholesale connections.
Broken into smaller categories, there were 54,829 long term satellite services, 14,551 HFC services, 1,014,990 FTTP connections, 43,097 FTTB users and 411,220 FTTN-based connections.
The report notes this increased demand has pushed NBN Co’s aggregate network capacity up to 1,785 gigabits per second.
The ACCC say the top four acquirers of NBN access services remain Telstra, TPG, Optus and Vocus, with Telstra’s earlier dominance beginning to wane.
“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.
He says that when it comes to more metropolitan areas, Telstra’s share of the market sits much closer to their usual level.
Finally, “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.”