NBN completes HFC pilot

End users achieve FTTP-like speeds, NBN says

NBN has completed its Queensland trial of hybrid fibre-coaxial (HFC), it announced today.

The trial took place ahead of NBN’s commercial launch of HFC services and involved three retail service providers — Exetel, TPG subsidiary iiNet and Telstra — NBN said in a blog entry.

The Redcliffe pilot employed infrastructure from the HFC network that formerly belonged to Optus. The state of the Optus HFC assets has been a source of controversy.

NBN said that during the pilot end users achieved average speeds of 84/33 megabits per second and peak speeds wholesale speeds of 100/40Mbps.

“On our HFC pilot, we were using the current generation DOCSIS 3.0 technology, but from mid-2017 we plan to deploy next-generation DOCSIS 3.1 technology which is capable of wholesale downstream speeds of 10Gbps and wholesale upload speeds of 1Gbps,” NBN’s public affairs manager, Tony Brown, wrote in the blog entry.

NBN last week said that it was examining the potential for Full Duplex DOCSIS 3.1 on its HFC network.

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