NBN Co's multi-technology mix has much to prove

NBN Co is banking on HFC to deliver on connections before its June 2016 deadline but the network builder can't afford to be slack on remediation of the copper and the cable networks.

The latest rollout plan released by NBN Co represents the first real attempt by the network builder to put forward a case for why the Coalition government's multi-technology approach is the best course forward for the project. As expected, the headline figure of 1.9 million connected premises by June 2016 now looks set to be substantially boosted as NBN Co lights up the HFC networks.

But chasing a number, and ostensibly trying to beat it, may pose some risks, especially if the existing copper and HFC infrastructure requires more fixing than expected.

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