iiNet boasts more fibre customers than NBN Co

iiNet boasts more fibre customers than NBN Co

Summary: iiNet has boasted that it has more customers on its fibre services than NBN Co has active services on its own fibre network.

SHARE:

iiNet has announced this morning that it has over 10,000 customers on fibre services — more than the 7,000 active fibre customers on the National Broadband Network (NBN).

The company said today that it has 8,000 customers on TransACT's fibre-to-the-home (FttH) network in the ACT, and an additional 2,700 customers on the NBN. By comparison, Communications Minister Stephen Conroy told the Senate yesterday that NBN Co has 7,000 active services on the fibre, including iiNet's 2,700. This is an extra 600 on the figure given to the government by NBN Co at the end of October.

iiNet CEO Michael Malone said that iiNet is the leader in FttH networks.

"When it comes to FttH, we're using every opportunity to connect as many Australians as we can to the best internet around," he said.

The glory is likely to be short lived, however, with NBN Co projecting that 286,000 premises will be able to take up fibre services on the NBN by the end of June 2013. The network rollout is on a ramp-up phase, but even if NBN Co just keeps making the same number of fibre connections per month, it will easily surpass iiNet's figure in the next few months.

iiNet's statement comes at a time when it is pressuring NBN Co to offer it a similar deal to Optus and Telstra to stop iiNet competing with NBN Co in those areas where the company has existing fixed-fibre or hybrid-fibre coaxial (HFC) infrastructure. Malone said last week that he wants around AU$200 million for the TransACT network alone.

"NBN can't force us to turn it off; they would have to buy it off us or compensate us to shut it down," he said.

"We would be delighted to do a deal with NBN for AU$1,050 per premises passed. That would put the value of the TransACT network at over AU$200 million. That is approximately the replacement cost of that network."

Topics: NBN, Government, Government AU, Telcos, Australia

About

Armed with a degree in Computer Science and a Masters in Journalism, Josh keeps a close eye on the telecommunications industry, the National Broadband Network, and all the goings on in government IT.

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Talkback

3 comments
Log in or register to join the discussion
  • "When it comes to FttH, we're using every opportunity to connect as many Australians as we can to the best internet around,"

    I'll keep that in mind should the coalition of clowns win the next election and implement their gimped version of the NBN.
    Hubert Cumberdale
  • Sounds like...

    MM is having a garage sale and desperately trying to offload his "FttH network for top dollar" *rolls eyes*

    Oh well, we wouldn't expect much more of Australia's comms/ISP's would we?

    We had Telstra who used their clout to walk over consumers and then the likes of ii, who forever cried the poor innocent victim, whilst lapping up Telstra's high prices.

    Why? Because they could then simply, "marginally" undercut Telstra, still make an absolute motza and claim to be the consumer friendly golden child...

    Bring on the NBN and a level playing field and say goodbye to all this BS, I say
    :)
    RS-ef540
    • I dunno...

      As long as the iiNet FttP setup is NBNCo "plug and play", $1,050 seems like it could be pretty reasonable compared to how much fitting out new fibre to a place might be (3-6k? Can't recall the real figure with all the FUD that's been thrown around about it).
      Tinman_au