ad hoc study
The change of approach of Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN) programme – from mainly fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) to multi-technology mix (MTM) approach – is expected to spur a higher fixed broadband growth, according to InfoCom’s Telecom Strategies and Trends report. In fact, we observed that the country’s fixed broadband connections are on track to grow from 6.4m in 2014 to an estimated 6.9m by end-2015. While the NBN has spurred further development in the segment in general, we observed that it also prompted a change of strategy for the top broadband operators – mainly through mergers and acquisitions to drive customer growth and portfolio diversification.
This report detailed the operators’ major M&A activities and the technology adaptations for broadband deployments in an effort to reduce cost (e.g. fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) and VDSL Vectoring/ G.fast in the next years).