Feeds

TPG floats fibre cherry-pick

Wants to connect half-a-million to basement broadband

Boost IT visibility and business value

Second-tier ISP TPG is eyeing the big league, announcing a plan to use its fibre network to connect a 100 Mbps fibre-to-the-building service to high-density apartments around Australia.

At the company's 2013 full-year financial briefing, TPG chairman David Teoh discussed the plan and said the company had begun design work on the service, which would cover areas in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.

The company became a fibre network owner with its acquisition of PIPE networks, and has continued to expand the fibre footprint since then. Its fibre footprint currently covers 1,600 buildings, 300 of which were added in the last year as the company extended its network by 800 km to 3,800 km.

Its move is widely being interpreted as a challenge to the current “cherry picking rules”. These were designed to prevent the former government's NBN from being undermined by private network owners deploying infrastructure to lucrative or cheap-to-service locations. While non-NBN network construction isn't forbidden under these rules, all networks have to offer open wholesale access, and must be compatible with NBN interfaces.

However, those rules would only come into play when a provider began network construction – and at the moment, TPG has only announced its intention, and the existence of a design project isn't enough to trigger regulatory action. In other words, Vulture South believes, the company is anticipating a policy change, which is hardly surprising given both the ideology and explicit statements made by the incoming government.

TPG says users connected to the service will get speeds up to 100 Mbps (with vectored VDSL used between basement fibre connections and individual apartments) at $69.95 per month for a 24 month contract.

In the financial year to 2013, TPG says it connected 76,000 new broadband customers. It lifted its net profit by 64 percent to nearly $150 million for the year. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Déjà vu: Virgin Media jacks up broadband prices
Screw copper phone lines, we're UNIQUE, bleats telco
NBN Co claims 96 mbps download speeds for FTTN trial
Umina trial also delivers 30 mbps uploads, but exact rig used not revealed
UK fuzz want PINCODES on ALL mobile phones
Met Police calls for mandatory passwords on all new mobes
Netflix swallows yet another bitter pill, inks peering deal with TWC
Net neutrality crusader once again pays up for priority access
New Sprint CEO says he will lower axe on staff – but prices come first
'Very disruptive' new rates to be revealed next week
EE: STILL Blighty's best mobe network, says 'Frappucino' Moore
Fresh round of network stats fisticuffs possibly on the cards here
US TV stations bowl sueball directly at FCC's spectrum mega-sale
Broadcasters upset about coverage and cost as they shift up and down the dials
ROAD TRIP! An FCC road trip – Leahy demands net neutrality debate across US
You crashed watchdog's site, now time to crash its ears
Google's so smart it's discovered SHARKS HAVE TEETH
Congratulations, world media, for rediscovering submarine cable armour
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
BYOD's dark side: Data protection
An endpoint data protection solution that adds value to the user and the organization so it can protect itself from data loss as well as leverage corporate data.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?