NBN 2.0 takes a big punt on HFC

Buying the HFC networks from Telstra and Optus will deliver a broadband service to some customers a little sooner, and, possibly, more cheaply. But with limits on future service growth and many areas served by both telcos, why is NBN Co acquiring both?

While in Opposition, the Minister for Communication, Malcolm Turnbull, attacked a failure to use the Optus and Telstra HFC (hybrid fibre coaxial) networks and the Neighbourhood HFC cable in Ballarat, as examples of wasteful overbuilding of existing broadband facilities by the National Broadband Network (NBN).

‘What species of madness and wastefulness is it’, he asked rhetorically, ‘to be over-building existing broadband and infrastructure that is perfectly capable of delivering high-speed broadband?’ 

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