Tuesday, 30 May 2017 06:28

Moving Telstra's non-NBN fibre to NBN 'a backward step'

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The transfer of Telstra's South Brisbane and Velocity estate fibre networks to the NBN would be a backward step because the NBN does not support Foxtel and free-to-air TV over fibre as Velocity does, an industry source claims.

The ACCC hinted that the non-NBN fibre networks could be transferred to the NBN when it issued its prices for non-NBN high-speed Internet services on Friday.

The determination covered Telstra's fibre network at its South Brisbane exchange area and estates with Velocity fibre.

The ACCC said that Telstra’s fibre networks were subject to different pricing arrangements due to the cost of separating these networks from Telstra’s legacy network systems "and the prospect that the fibre networks may be transferred to the NBN".

And the ACCC added that it was unlikely to allow these arrangements to continue beyond the term of this pricing determination.

The source, who has spent 40 years in the telecommunications industry working on the technical side of things, said he was aware of five communities at the northern end of the Gold Coast who had Velocity fibre.

In the past, the ACCC has also earned criticism for deciding that there would be 121 points of interconnect to the NBN, with smaller ISPs saying that this favoured the larger companies in the space.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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