iiNet: we have more fibre customers than the NBN

iiNet now has more than 10,000 customers on fibre broadband services.

iiNet has boasted it now has more customers connected to its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network than NBN Co has connected to the National Broadband Network (NBN).

The ISP has 8000 customers on its FTTH TransAct network, Internode network and wholesale services, with its FTTH network capable of the NBN speeds of 12/1Mbps, 25/5Mbps, 50/20Mbps and 100/40Mbps.

It also has 2700 customers on the NBN.

“When it comes to FTTH, we’re using every opportunity to connect as many Australians as we can…” Michael Malone, chief executive officer at iiNet, said in a statement.

“As well as delivering super-fast broadband to more people than are connected to FTTH through the NBN, we’re now the largest provider of FTTH services in the country."

iiNet recently launched high-speed broadband on the TransAct hybrid-fibre coaxial (HFC) network, which achieves speeds of up to 100/8Mbps.

Broadband Minister Stephen Conroy told the Senate yesterday there were just 7000 fibre connections on the NBN.

This is an increase of 600 from 17 October this year, when Conroy told a Senate Estimates hearing just 6400 premises had active NBN connections.

iiNet recently laid down the gauntlet to NBN Co, stating NBN Co needs to buy out iiNet's fibre and HFC networks or be prepared for competition from the ISP.

However, Chris Coughlan, director research consulting at Telsyte, said iiNet's fibre and HFC networks are unlikely to be attractive to NBN Co due to the low number of customers it has, compared to Telstra and Optus’ HFC customers.

“The latest press around FTTH numbers may well be an attempt to influence NBN Co on their market power so as to increase the motivation for NBN Co to do a deal. NBN Co may well provide the same or similar terms to iiNet. However, the benefit to NBN Co will not be as large due to the relatively low numbers [of customers],” he told Computerworld Australia.

“With the 18-month closure of copper now commencing, we can expect that [the] migration to NBN Co-provided FTTH will increase rapidly in the coming year and will quickly surpass the customers on iiNet direct infrastructure.”

Conroy told the Senate there are now 30,000 premises with active connections to the NBN via fibre, fixed wireless and satellite.

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14 Comments

Daniel

1

Once again TransACT is exactly that, only available in ACT!

John

2

Put NBN in Sydney and see what happens.
Even places like Coomera in the Gold Coast, huge population limited to ADSL1. You will get big numbers there. This always happens, with NBN the government will focus on the smaller areas with limited internet services and more difficult installation zones. It will then get rapid deployment to more urban zones once the smaller areas are up and running. Then we will see how good the NBN is. I for one will happily move my 100mbps Telstra cable connection to an NBN connection. But I'm happy to haev 100mbps as an "interim" solution :-P

Robbo

3

But they are still extremely expensive and when they give you crap service you have no other options....crap plans, no option to have a naked fibre service, no option for voip phone in the plan.....top dollar and bad customer service.

Have had to go to the Ombudsman twice in the last 9mths....worse than the Telstra monopoly

Jason

4

"iiNet: we have more fibre customers than the NBN"

What a STUPID comment to make, honestly.
TransACT has been laying Coax and FTTH in the ACT since early 2000's.
Ofcourse they have more customers than NBN. The NBN is still being built you fools!

jasonneedstogetsomethignrealtowhineabout

5

@jason
"Ofcourse they have more customers than NBN"
what a stupid comment to make , despite transact being around since 2000 doesnt make it any less true.
find something real to pick apart.

Paul

6

Oh iiNet you are idiots! Happily left you this week for Telstra and automatic upgrade to the NBN. Your advertised download speeds are great, your real-life speeds are slower than my 3G mobile phone.

Dont let to door hit you on the way out ....

Francis Young

7

The real story is of course the opposite to the headline.

NBNCo, one year since first release, and with the mainstream rollout only just having begun after the March 2012 Telstra contract signing, already has 70% of the active fibre customers that it took TransACT 12 years to accumulate. And it has the same number again already signed on for fibre and awaiting activation.

rebecca

8

Maybe they should focus on fixing their crappy broadband...I'm lucky if I can get 3.5mbps and have to reset 'BoB' nearly every day and I live in Perth metro! Should I go back to the evil telstra and get a way worse deal or stick with iinet and only get through 10% of my monthly downloads? 1 song took 25 mins the other day...they all suck!

1Gb internet now!

9

Put the NBN in locations where people actually know what the NBN and Internet are...putting it in safe labor backwater electorates where all the people are sheep and can't spell NBN will not help the ratio one bit! Put it out the front of my place and I will be on at 100Mb or more if available! Alas...I live in a very safe liberal electorate so probably won't get it until I'm old and gray! Anyone who thinks I'm wrong - overlay the electoral map with the NBN rollout map and see the truth! BIAS...you bet!! Anyone suggests I move - if you think I would live in a safe labor electorate with the feral sheep - no bloody way!

Abel Adamski

10

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-11-27/debate-on-national-broadband-network/4395756

EMMA ALBERICI: But we've recently seen that the NBN has said they've connected 7,000 premises to fibre?

STEPHEN CONROY: Well it's growing every day. We're actually at 8,500 as of, I think, yesterday or today. So every single day we're connecting premises

Ramping up nicely 1,500 added since advice to the Senate
iiNet made their brag, pretty hollow one

Abel Adamski

11

1Gb
It has nothing to do with politics, plenty of Blue Ribbon Lib electorates in the 3Yr rollout. It is all about the rollouts from the POI's, it was the ACCC that determined 121 POI's and their locations, even then only finalised in the last month.
Note
http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies.cfm?t=1988022&p=19#r368

The network is built out from FSAMS, commenced 66 in Sept (Corp plan is for 40/month at peak roll out), overall is tracking to be 17,200 premises ahead of prediction by end of Financial Year

Mark

12

Summary:
"No one's using something they don't have yet so buy our pox HFC with taxpayer coin or we might have to get competitive".

yyNet pls.

A A Arnold

13

Great situation to be in, anything this Government is involved in is a disaster at any time so to be beat with a private company against the NBN is no surprise.
Only thing with IINET is don`t be late or miss a payment as they have a great habit of turning you off first before they tell you of the problem

Lindsay

14

1Gb: You're talking about the most educated electorates in Australia...

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