In a follow-up article, this writer noted "There's no real indication when NBN HFC services will be available, but with 1.7 million homes connected to the existing HFC networks and another 1.5 million passed but not connected, the HFC development should make it easy for NBN Co to meet its revised goal of having at least started construction to around 3.3 million premises by June 2016."
NBN Co chief customer officer John Simon (pictured) now says "our updated Product Roadmap includes an estimated timeframe for a HFC customer pilot in Q4 2015 with our initial scale product launch in Q1 2016."
Simon also said "we remain on track to deliver our FTTB product in Q1 2015, followed by our FTTN product in Q3 2015."
The FTTB pilot in Melbourne is currently delivering "average download peak speeds of 89 Mbps and average upload speeds of 36 Mbps" at the physical layer, while the FTTN pilot in Umina (NSW) is giving "average download peak speeds of 90 Mbps and average upload speeds of 36 Mbps." Work on a second FTTN pilot in the Melbourne suburb of Epping begain in September.
Taking all of the technologies into account, the 3.3 million goal sounds eminently reachable.
Other new items on the NBN roadmap include the planned introduction of a 50/20Mbps speed tier for fixed wireless customers "where the signal strength is high enough." A pilot is scheduled for Q2 2015 with availability in the following quarter.