iiNet launches HFC network with NBN-like speeds

iiNet is offering four speeds on its HFC network – 12/1Mbps, 25/5Mbps, 50/8Mbps and 100/8Mbps.

iiNet has launched high-speed broadband services capable of achieving 100/8Mbps on its own hybrid-fibre coaxial (HFC) network.

The network will only be available in three suburbs – Geelong, Mildura and Ballarat in Victoria.

The launch of iiNet’s HFC network follows the company’s acquisition of TransACT in November 2011 for $60 million.

“TransACT built and launched the network in 2010 and since that time, customers in Geelong, Mildura and Ballarat have enjoyed some of the fastest speeds available in Australia. We’ve been working to integrate TransACT’s network into the iiNet family as fast as we can so we can open up HFC services to even more customers,” Michael Malone, iiNet’s chief executive officer, said in a statement.

Malone told Whirlpool in June this year that iiNet was working on provisioning services on the HFC.

iiNet is offering four speeds on its HFC network – 12/1Mbps, 25/5Mbps, 50/8Mbps and 100/8Mbps.

Current National Broadband Network (NBN) speeds being offered start at 12/1Mbps and extend to 100/40Mbps.

Plans start at $49.95 for 40GB (peak and off-peak) on 12/1Mbps and go up to $99.95 for 1TB on 100/8Mbps.

The cost of iiNet's HFC plans mirror the company’s NBN plans, which start at $49.95 per month for 40GB on 12/1Mbps and $99.95 for 1TB on 100/40Mbps.

As part of key deals for the NBN, NBN Co has signed an $11 billion agreement with Telstra to decommission its copper and HFC network and give access to NBN Co to its equipment.

NBN Co has also signed an $800 million agreement with Optus to migrate its customers to the NBN as and when the service becomes available in areas currently serviced by Optus’ HFC network.

“In terms of what will happen to our network when the NBN is rolled out, we’re continuing to work closely with NBN Co and the government on how our networks may be incorporated into the overall NBN initiative,” an iiNet spokesperson said.

“The extent of those discussions is of a commercial nature and we can’t comment any further on those details at this stage.”

Malcolm Turnbull, shadow minister for communications and broadband, has previously said he would overturn existing NBN agreements if a Coalition government was in power and retain Telstra and Optus' HFC networks in order to remove “barriers to competition” with the NBN.

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4 Comments

gnome

1

'Up to' 100/8 is not exactly 'NBN speed'.

Particularly when applied in practice...

Abel Adamski

2

A) Shared medium
B) 1/4 the upload of the ftth
C) No up to 1,000 Mb
D) Truly business capable????? - well NO

DMB

3

The article said "NBN-like" not "SAME AS NBN".

iiNet isn't really launching the HFC network though, it's just taken over the existing TransACT (formerly Neighbourhood Cable) network that was upgraded to DOCSIS 3 in 2010.
So in parts of Regional Victoria consumers have already had access to 100Mbit plans for about 2 years.

iiNet's plans are attractive and NBN-or-not it still beats the hell out of ADSL.

gnome

4

That's true, DMB, but despite the misleading head on the article, NBN fibre will still beat the hell out of HFC now and has far greater future scalability.

And Geelong, Mildura and Ballarat will probably be interested to know they are now suburbs (of Melbourne?).

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