Foxtel begins offering fibre services over NBN

FTTP part of an “initial push” to sell NBN services

Foxtel has begun offering fibre to the premises (FTTP) services over the National Broadband Network, the pay TV provider announced today.

Foxtel said in a statement that the launch of FTTP services (which are delivered via a wholesaler) was an “initial push” to offer NBN services “which will accelerate in the coming months”.

Foxtel is offering plans that bundle broadband, a home phone service and access to its TV content. Customers on ADSL plans can switch to the NBN when its available in their area without having to sign a new contract, Foxtel said.

There are no data download limits for Foxtel content downloaded over the company’s home broadband products.

Foxtel’s executive director of broadband, Andrew Lorken, said:

With today’s launch on the NBN network, we’re taking our broadband service to the next level. When our customers couple Foxtel’s premium movies, TV shows and sport with our unlimited broadband bundles they will receive their content on broadband that is purpose built for entertainment. We think this truly differentiates Foxtel from other broadband providers in an increasingly competitive market and we aim to be the broadband supplier of choice for those customers seeking a combination of the highest quality internet access and the best content.

The company launched ADSL broadband services in 2015. Currently it finds itself in the somewhat unusual position of being both an applicant and a respondent in some of the initial applications to have websites blocked under anti-piracy amendments to copyright law passed in 2015.

Foxtel is seeking to have a group of ISPs block their subscribers from accessing The Pirate Bay, Torrentz, TorrentHound and IsoHunt. The application is being heard jointly with one by Village Roadshow that targets streaming site Solar Movie.

Foxtel in turn is one of a number of ISPs targeted by a music industry site-blocking application (Foxtel, like the other ISPs, has not opposed the site-blocking application).

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