iiNet launches HFC network with NBN-like speeds

iiNet has launched high-speed broadband services capable of achieving 100/8Mbps on its own hybrid-fibre coaxial (HFC) network.

The network will only be available in three suburbs – Geelong, Mildura and Ballarat in Victoria.

The launch of iiNet’s HFC network follows the company’s acquisition of TransACT in November 2011 for $60 million.

“TransACT built and launched the network in 2010 and since that time, customers in Geelong, Mildura and Ballarat have enjoyed some of the fastest speeds available in Australia. We’ve been working to integrate TransACT’s network into the iiNet family as fast as we can so we can open up HFC services to even more customers,” Michael Malone, iiNet’s chief executive officer, said in a statement.

Malone told lt;igt;Whirlpoollt;/igt; in June this year that iiNet was working on provisioning services on the HFC.

iiNet is offering four speeds on its HFC network – 12/1Mbps, 25/5Mbps, 50/8Mbps and 100/8Mbps.

Current National Broadband Network (NBN) speeds being offered start at 12/1Mbps and extend to 100/40Mbps.

Plans start at $49.95 for 40GB (peak and off-peak) on 12/1Mbps and go up to $99.95 for 1TB on 100/8Mbps.

The cost of iiNet's HFC plans mirror the company’s NBN plans, which start at $49.95 per month for 40GB on 12/1Mbps and $99.95 for 1TB on 100/40Mbps.

As part of key deals for the NBN, NBN Co has signed an $11 billion agreement with Telstra to decommission its copper and HFC network and give access to NBN Co to its equipment.

NBN Co has also signed an $800 million agreement with Optus to migrate its customers to the NBN as and when the service becomes available in areas currently serviced by Optus’ HFC network.

“In terms of what will happen to our network when the NBN is rolled out, we’re continuing to work closely with NBN Co and the government on how our networks may be incorporated into the overall NBN initiative,” an iiNet spokesperson said.

“The extent of those discussions is of a commercial nature and we can’t comment any further on those details at this stage.”

Malcolm Turnbull, shadow minister for communications and broadband, has previously said he would overturn existing NBN agreements if a Coalition government was in power and retain Telstra and Optus' HFC networks in order to remove “barriers to competition” with the NBN.

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