iiNet to multicast IPTV on NBN

iiNet to multicast IPTV on NBN

Summary: iiNet will trial its Fetch TV IPTV product in an NBN greenfields site, in what is the first use of multicasting on the NBN.

TOPICS: NBN, Telcos, Australia

Australia's third-largest internet service provider (ISP) iiNet has announced that it will trial Fetch TV services over the National Broadband Network (NBN) using its multicasting product in a new housing estate located in Rhodes, west of Sydney.

The multicast product is a cost-saving method of distributing single-source content, such as television broadcasts, across to multiple users on the NBN. It will ideally be used for IPTV products, such as Fetch TV and Foxtel.

iiNet completed the certification process with NBN Co in November, and will now commence a trial at a greenfields site in Rhodes, New South Wales.

iiNet's chief product officer Stephen Harley indicated that a wider rollout will occur once the Rhodes trial has been completed.

"We're looking forward to delivering fantastic IPTV services to even more of our NBN customers as it becomes available," Harley said in a statement.

The Australian newspaper reported earlier this week that NBN Co has been approached by pay-TV companies, broadcasters, and sports organisation that are seeking to use NBN Co's multicast product to deliver broadcast products over the NBN.

Fetch TV itself may also seek to become a backhaul provider, according to a report, because the company would require significant amounts of backhaul in order to reach all parts of Australia. With Telstra's stake in Foxtel, Telstra may not be inclined to assist Fetch in delivering IPTV services over the NBN.

Topics: NBN, Telcos, Australia


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.

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  • Only yesterday

    I read an article on a different site that was completely contradictory; about how the NBN won't be involved in this type of service because it is not wet-up for it. I will try and find it - because it seems that the report was completely wrong! I must say that I was surprised when I read that other report because it seemed to be be saying that NBN was not set-up for what was logically one of its major service purposes. Josh, your report is good news.
    • Here is the article

      NBN Co: 'we are not set up to be a broadcaster'
      • Layers of topics

        These two articles seem to be talking about the same technology at different levels. In the article on this page we hear that the Multicast product that mpm123 linked to below is being used to deliver FetchTV to NBN customers.

        The other article talks about the fact that content providers like FetchTV and Foxtel would prefer to have a single point of interconnect (PoI) where they feed content in to the network and have NBNCo manage the distribution of that around the country. NBNCo aren't interested in supporting this, so if you wish to distribute your content to the entire country you'll need to run connections to all 121 PoI locations around Australia yourself. Once you get your content to all PoI locations NBNCo take care of delivering to individual customer premises.
        • Okay, that makes sense

          I wondered how everything could change overnight :-)
        • Yup

          He's right. As it is, the providers will need to go out to all 121 points of interconnect (provided they have customers at each one).

          NBN Co's reluctance is that it would change that design somewhat.

          Sorry, I should have explained that.
          Josh Taylor
  • Here's the product offering