Be in the Know: What is the nbn™'s HFC Technology

August 18, 2016 7:48 am

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The nbn™ Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) is a network technology that uses a combination of fibre and coaxial cable that enables two-way, high-speed broadband content such as video, voice, and data to be delivered to the home.  Developed by the cable TV industry, HFC is widespread across metropolitan Australia. There is a good chance that you’re living within the footprint if you or your neighbour has Foxtel via cable.
Why use HFC?
According to the nbn™, there are more than 3 million Australian homes and businesses that are within the coverage area of the HFC technology footprint. Instead of building another broadband network on top of existing networks, the company plans to progressively acquire assets and upgrade the networks to deliver high speed broadband.
This approach aims to enable families and businesses to access high speed broadband Internet faster than previously anticipated, with less disruption to the community and at less cost to taxpayers.
Delivery partners for HFC
The nbn™ has signed Multi-technology Integrated Master Agreements with delivery partners to deploy the network in the Telstra HFC footprint, namely: Broadspectrum, BSA, Downer, Fulton Hogan, and Lend Lease. Peter Ryan, nbn™ chief engineering officer, said these suppliers will deliver the HFC network at scale to enable the company to meet its completion targets in 2020.

“With this process, we have ensured the most appropriate delivery partners are doing the work. They have enormous experience in construction in the telecommunications industry, which will help us roll it out faster,”

Telstra finalised a $1.6 billion contract with the nbn™  last April  to provide planning, design, construction, and management services within its existing network. Last June, the nbn™ launched its HFC product on the former Optus network in Redcliffe, QLD.
As reported in, the deployment of the nbn™ with Telstra’s HFC footprint leverages the Telstra cable-TV network to the premises. Each location will be connected to the upgraded technology of the nbn™ and will also be connected through a multi-technology mix solution. Telstra expects that 8 million homes and businesses will be connected in various geographic areas across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Perth, and Adelaide by 2020.
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